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Address: 30 Shishigatani Goshonodancho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8422, Kyoto Prefecture
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Each temple in Kyoto has its own character, and while this one wasn't at the top of our list, it still was worth stopping into while we walked the temple circuit.

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Toronto, Canada
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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

A peaceful and lovely temple with a moss covered thatched roof located along the Philosopher's Path. It is one of those gems in Kyoto not over-crowded with visitors.

Thank SSK1991
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Loved this little garden by the Philosopher Path, a beautiful moss garden. Very few people there. A rare garden where one can sit and enjoy the garden, and also get into zen state of being.

Thank Yee-Ming T
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101 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

A quiet and beautiful temple, that is not the most popular on the tourist trail. Which means it is not crowded and is incredibly tranquil and serene. There's no ticket to get in. We did a "quick" visit. Loved spending some moments there in peace and quiet.

Thank SGVM
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86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Opens at 6 am, no charge, one other visitor. Enjoy the dark doorway framing nature, the posted zen poem, the leaf cascading water downward next to a beautiful peony in the fountain. Makes for a nice start to the philosopher's walk, end up at Nanzenji.

Thank MDTraveller1
Toronto, Canada
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649 reviews
404 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Each temple in Kyoto has its own character, and while this one wasn't at the top of our list, it still was worth stopping into while we walked the temple circuit.

Thank FirstCircle
Sydney, Australia
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230 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Ths temple can be found whilst walking on the philosophers path, and its worth having a look. The temple is surrouded by impressive natural surroundings and the gateway to enter the temple is very picturesque

Thank ash_skywalker10
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend visiting this temple if you are in the area visiting Ginkaku ji. This is about a 10 minute walk down the road. It is very tranquil, with a beautifully designed garden. It is a great retreat from the crowds at most other temples. It's quite a small temple, but there is no admission fee.

Thank sez444
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170 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This temple is close to the philosophers walk and the much larger and much more crowded ginkaku-ji temple. I think this is a lovely little temple and well worth a visit as it is much quieter than many of the other temples which brings a sense of serenity and peace

1 Thank Pete F
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We went to Honen-in just after visiting Ginkakuji temple so we could not avoid an impression of both. You just go out of Ginkakuji temple and go to the left for about 800-900 meters. We did it with bicycles which seems useful and comfortable. You climb a short distance to the left and then again to the left you are... More 

1 Thank Dror M
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Escaped from the crowds to this green oasis in the woods about 10 minutes walk? What a temple should be....

1 Thank Vicky B

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