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Shokokuji Temple

#112 of 1,393 things to do in Kyoto
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Hidden gem , north of Imperial Palace park

The peaceful and not well known temple complex is on Imadegawa-dori, just across from the Sento... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2018
nancy c
new york city
Beautiful & Serene old Buddhist Temple near the Imperial Palace and a Kyoto Subway Station

When we were in the Northern part of Kyoto, we stopped to see this large temple. We found out it... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Dale C
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Karasumadori-Higashiiru, Imadegawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0033, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 26 October 2018

The peaceful and not well known temple complex is on Imadegawa-dori, just across from the Sento, inside the Doshisha University campus. We were lucky to visit during the special fall opening of the main hall and dry garden. There are great examples of temple architecture,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

When we were in the Northern part of Kyoto, we stopped to see this large temple. We found out it was founded over 630 years ago in about 1382. The founder was the third Ashikaga shogun who lived lived from 1358-1408 AD. Now that's a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Dale C
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Shokoku Temple is said to have a wonderful gallery called Shotenkaku Gallery inside the venue. Two wonderful monochrome paintings by Ito Jakuchu are shown here. So, I visited the place a few days ago just to see the two paintings. You have to pay the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank tadJapan
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Your first stop in Kyoto will probably be The Imperial Palace. Well right next to it, across the side street, and a short walk from the Imadegawa Subway station is Shokoku-ji. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Kyoto. If you come out...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

I stayed at Shokokuji in the summer of 1972 - the abbot took in traveling students and professors to defray expenses. What I remember best, besides sitting in meditation with the abbot, are the amazing 15th century paintings on the screens and walls of the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Really nice temple complex with no crowds at all. Nice and peaceful place with beautiful old buildings. Well worth checking out

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Vikky_Hugh
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Not the most popular spot means you can enjoy this temple without crowds. The main hall is spectacular with a large serpent dragon painted on the wood ceiling. Some of the panel doors were in the imperial palace. Beautiful friendship bell outside.

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Hitcher84
Reviewed 25 December 2015

I found out about this temple from a friendly local I met at a restaurant. According to him, it was the best temple in Kyoto. According to my guide, it wasn't even worth mentioning... I went there expecting something mediocre, and instead... I loved it!...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank Marco1875
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This wonderful temple is located in the middle of a university compound. The main hall is spaces and there are numerous portrait sculptures near the walls depicting famous former abbots. There is a small museum in a nearby building containing several items designated as National...More

Date of experience: June 2014
2  Thank peterke73
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Just across from the gardens of Kyoto Imperial Palace, a short walk past some schools and a temple 'garden' one finds the Shokoku-ji Temple. The tickets were more expensive that I would have liked. For the price one gets a leaflet that has some English...More

Date of experience: April 2014
1  Thank Douglas B
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