We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
Review Highlights
Good out of the way temple

Shoren-in is a good example of a temple that is not highly trafficked with tourists. I arrived... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Walnut Creek, California
via mobile
We liked this

Enjoyed this temple/monastery. Mainly as a lot quieter than others. The board walks were very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colin M
Jakarta, Indonesia
Read all 628 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“camphor trees” (10 reviews)
“tatami mats” (8 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
Write a ReviewReviews (628)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 205 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shoren-in is a good example of a temple that is not highly trafficked with tourists. I arrived about 30 minutes after it opened and there were about 10 visitors. I was able to tour the temple at a leisure pace and was able to take...More

Thank dawg1012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed this temple/monastery. Mainly as a lot quieter than others. The board walks were very nice. And the garden was very pretty.

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn’t pay to go inside but walked around the surrounding area and was really nice. Entrance fee was around 400-500 yen.

Thank Elyse D
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We paid Y800 entry fee, (The most expensive we had paid for a temple visit) expecting to see spectacular illumination in the temple. Lo and behold, there was hardly any lights shone on the trees. The paths were dimly lit. We were extremely disappointed to...More

Thank Adeline_Lim88
Reviewed 23 November 2017

when you Visited this temple at night you will show wonderfull this place. This is very well organized with perfect light for incredible photos. Suggest to be there at opening time, in order to avoid the crowd. lets go to this place i suggest you...More

Thank DimasNugrahaS1
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Our 1st night illuminate so we are unable to compare. We were in Kyoto early Nov and this is the only illumination that's available. We bought tickets at the entrance, and we got to remove our shoes before we reach the main hall of temple,...More

Thank SoHengHeng
Reviewed 19 November 2017

What a treat, borrowed landscape in the garden with the hills as a backdrop for the garden! Every corner gives a new perspective. Dont miss this one.

Thank Yvonnejuli2013
Reviewed 16 November 2017

I visited Shoren-In to see the autumn illuminations in the garden. They were quite pretty, but nothing special (Kodai-ji was much better). There was a fixed route through the garden which in parts could have done with a bit more light, as the ground was...More

Thank Selsy
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We went there early morning, and there was only a few people visiting. Place was really quiet and we could definitely enjoy the serenity of the beautiful garden while the sun was inundating the nice little terrace. Out of the usual touristic paths, definitely a...More

Thank BLshanghai
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We were recommended this by a young Japanese friend from Tokyo who said this was his favourite temple in Kyoto for all the reasons above. Whilst the building is interesting the real attraction is the views out over the different garden spaces and the garden...More

Thank Lyn&MarkfromOz
Nearby HotelsSee all 406 hotels in Kyoto
13 reviews
.06 miles away
Eco and Tec Kyoto
351 reviews
.14 miles away
58 reviews
.26 miles away
Kyoto Yoshimizu
136 reviews
.26 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Okonomiyaki Kiraku Sanjo Honten
65 reviews
.18 miles away
Minokichi Honten Takeshigero
47 reviews
.19 miles away
92 reviews
.15 miles away
Awata Sanso
33 reviews
.05 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Chionin Temple
530 reviews
.21 miles away
Maruyama Park
494 reviews
.31 miles away
Shorenin Garden
44 reviews
.02 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Maxwell S
13 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from hfot2 | Reviewed this property |
"Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (and 18:00 to 22:00 during spring and autumn evening illuminations)" according to their listing on Japan Guide Please mark it if this is helpful.