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Great Learning Experience - Buddhism

This 400 year old Senkoji Temple was once a prayer temple for Emperor Gosaga but was severely... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2018
Judi L
Denver, Colorado
Good Way to Learn More about Buddhism

We took a hand poled boat to the base of the Temple grounds which was fun in its own right. There... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Alpharetta, Georgia
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62 Arashiyamanakaoshitacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0004, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-861-2913
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

This 400 year old Senkoji Temple was once a prayer temple for Emperor Gosaga but was severely damaged by a major typhoon in 1959. Philanthropy projects are not common in Japan so they are struggling to maintain it. We participated in a Zen meditation session...More

Thank Judi L
Reviewed 5 May 2018

We took a hand poled boat to the base of the Temple grounds which was fun in its own right. There are then 230 or so steps up to the Temple. People of all ages were able to make this climb. We engaged in a...More

3  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 19 January 2018

So great to be the only visitor here in the morning hours and enjoyed morning meditations here with the Buddhist Monk and hearing about the history and significance of the Temple. A true hidden gem in Kyoto. 30-45 minute walk along the peaceful Oigawa and...More

Thank RugerRottweiler
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

The walk to the temple is one of the highlights of the trip. You walk along a river path and barely see another tourist (making you wonder if you are in the correct spot.). Upon reaching the gate you climb higher & higher to get...More

Thank amy K
Reviewed 3 September 2017

This is a small Buddhist Temple and Monastery (only 1 monk and 2 students at present), but the ultimate in authenticity. You reach it only by traveling upriver in a pole boat, then hiking up a "mountain" trail with many switchbacks. At top, you ring...More

3  Thank Quasimama
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

This small temple up on a mountain is easily forgotten because of its location. Because it is located in the far end, away from most major sights, it tends to be overlooked. But, the walk to the temple by the river is one of the...More

1  Thank Seok Ting C
Reviewed 21 January 2017

10 minutes from Togetsukyo-bridge, walk along with river, other side of Arashiyama-area. Crime 10 minutes trekking path from behind Hoshiynoya resourt.. Sound of cars and travelers gradually fade away. When you reach the temple on the mountain top, so quiet and you don’t believe you...More

2  Thank Monique1794
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

From the monkey attraction it is approx 1-1.5km hilly walk/ride to this temple. But, compared to the hussle and bussle of every other temple, at 4pm this one walk an amazing peaceful walk next to a river in a valley. Very soothing. 400Y entry is...More

1  Thank pcmertzs
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

You need to climb up the hill to reach the temple but it's worth the effort. The fee is 400 yen. The morning is a good time to go.

Thank Paploen
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The walk along the banks of the river and the photo stops of the colourful mountain along the way was unforgettable. It took much longer than the said 18 mins on the board. We didn't intend to come here but we kept walking along the...More

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