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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
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4 May 2017
“Racism is alive at this site!”
16 Apr 2017
“Was denied access...”
656 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama-ku, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-3887
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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

I was most keen to see the ceiling of this monastery. The famous blood ceiling. I arrived early and was in the process of removing my shoes when a lady approached me and my wife. She stated that no photographs were allowed. I agreed and...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Marcobatuta
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I saw this small temple just near to Sanjusangendo so I wanted to visit it, as I usually prefer non-touristic places. I took of my shoes and was waiting to pay the entrance, when a Japanese woman basically told me to go away and that...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank ziobilly2019
Reviewed 13 February 2017

As I was making my way to their more famous neighbour, I came across this quiet little place. I was welcomed in by a pleasant young man despite not being Japanese and given an English translation of their information sheet. A small tour was in...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank roslyn2dd
Reviewed 11 November 2016

"Japanese access only". That is what we were told by an officious woman at the entrance to this temple. Obviously I can understand if a religious site is closed to the public, or if entry is limited to worshipers when a religious rite is under...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank pourgirl1
Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is a famous temple, because it has bloodstains on the ceiling from an ancient battle where many samurai committed suicide after a defeat. VERY creepy yet cool, too. A note of warning, English is NOT spoken here. We arranged some university students to come...More

Date of experience: August 2015
3  Thank midoriu864
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

The blood-stained criling is very cool, and the history behind it (along with a number of other items/rooms in the temple) is very interesting. Unfortunately, there is no English guide or paperwork available so we were lucky to have a private guide with us. Otherwise,...More

4  Thank maxpfowler
Reviewed 21 March 2015

On the way to Sanjusangendo we glanced into the garden of a temple across the street - Yōgen-in. We saw the most spectacular sakura.  It was by no means the oldest nor the biggest, but it cascaded down a slight hill magnificently.  The tree was being...More

Date of experience: April 2014
5  Thank hfot2
Reviewed 9 August 2014

If you have been interested in Japanese history or the fate of Japanese Castles then you will want to visit this little temple. Down the side street next to Sanjusangendo and just behind the Hyatt Regency this little temple can be easily missed. This temple...More

Date of experience: July 2014
10  Thank Just-Julie-Cairns
Reviewed 30 August 2013

A perfect little temple, just across the road from Sanjusangendo and so much quieter. I've been twice, fifteen years apart, and it still moves me. No one speaks English, the commentary is on a cassette player, but the painted screens are wonderful as is the...More

Date of experience: June 2013
8  Thank Ian S
Reviewed 12 April 2012

We were. Wandering around Kyoto, this little,rather deserted temple was evocative. Not too well maintained,it had the air of promise thst se places of true magic possess. We went down the path to find non English speaking guides, but they were so helpful,so kind in...More

6  Thank Truffie
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