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This temple is just an addition to other sites and a quaint shopping area after a twenty minute... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2018
Warner L
Pasadena, California
The Garden Hard to Leave

A picture, whether it is a painting or a drawing, is a framed piece of the world. In Kyoto, I have... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Sakai, Japan
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187 Ohara Shorinincho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1241, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

This temple is just an addition to other sites and a quaint shopping area after a twenty minute walk from the bus stop in Ohara, a northern area of Kyoto out in the country.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed 3 November 2018

A picture, whether it is a painting or a drawing, is a framed piece of the world. In Kyoto, I have found several pieces of pictures which were cut out of the world by a window, whether is is circle or quadrilateral. In Hosen-in Temple,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kwakaku
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

It was perfect place for inner peace ! We call it is frame garden. Natural painting! Red carpet is harmony with around nature. I visted 3pm.because of hot weather nobody was at there (only me and firends!! lucky!!). We enjoyed a cup of green-tea( malcha)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

It worth to see travel hours. Especially lighting up show season. May be small size of temple, only graden with rotten woods, but you see infinity here, like watching outer space from window of spaceship. If you got Japanese friend, ask them drive, cause only...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Monique1794
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Hosenin is right next to the Sanzen-in temple. It has 2 beautiful garden scene. One is an amazing 700 year old pine tree which is the oldest tree in Kyoto. The other is a beautiful graden scene that looks like a painting. Definintely worth a...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank gzau
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Didn't have high hopes or lots more "temple energy" left when we arrived here but the temple is definitely worth a visit! The garden is simply peaceful and majestic. Really nice. The temple is nice but what makes it amazing is the tea break in...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank margauxv905
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This temple is one of my favorites. It's almost always quiet and does not have too many people inside. Plus if you visit Kyoto in summer, this temple is exactly what you need to escape the heat. Despite the fact that I've been here many...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

The pine tree is the only attraction here. We prefer sanzenin as well as jikko-in. Nothing much as it's kind of crowded with people. Jikko-in is beautiful

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank ocolocorch
Reviewed 10 November 2015

This is a really nice temple area but to be honest by the time we reached here we had seen so many they all started to become a blur and we were fully temple and shrine out where each one starts to look like the...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank swift314
Reviewed 15 October 2015

If you appreciate beautifully designed, contemplative spaces, you will probably want to visit Hosen in. I loved it. There are several beautiful gardens. The dry strolling garden is marvelous. It's a short stroll, but intensely beautiful. There's a pond garden that can be seen from...More

Date of experience: October 2015
2  Thank Leonard G
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