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Nice zen garden

Shoden-ji is a small temple outside of Kyoto. You should stop by if you go to Sanzen-in temple. The... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
gzau
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San Diego, California
Beautiful screen paintings, dry garden with a view...

Shoden-ji is off the beaten track, about 45 minutes from central Kyoto. If you enjoy a simple dry... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2015
Leonard G
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New York
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4 Feb 2017
“Nice zen garden”
21 Jan 2017
“David bowie's Favorite place?”
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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72 Nishigamo Kitachinjuan-cho, Kita-ku, Kita, Kyoto 603-8847, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Shoden-ji is a small temple outside of Kyoto. You should stop by if you go to Sanzen-in temple. The main attraction is a Zen rock garden which has a view of the mountains in the distance. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank gzau
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Little remote from Kyoto’s major sightseeing spot. It locates middle of Golf course, behind of residential area. Need cab if you would like to reach here. It is hard to get close by bus. Popular garden, see the Karesansui setting Mt.Hiei as Background. I have...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Monique1794
Reviewed 18 October 2015

Shoden-ji is off the beaten track, about 45 minutes from central Kyoto. If you enjoy a simple dry garden with fantastic borrowed scenery (a view of Mt Hiei), delicately beautiful and fantastically preserved screen paintings and a tranquil place to watch the changinging light fall...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Leonard G
Reviewed 17 October 2015

With the backdrop of Kyoto's surrounding mountains , Shonden ji Temple is in a quiet neighborhood, nestled in a forested hillside, away from tourist crowds but accessible by Kyoto bus lines. The museum -quality screens in the small temple, and the unusual dry garden overlooking...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank nancy c
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Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
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majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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