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Review of Myoshinji Temple

Myoshinji Temple
Ranked #85 of 1,291 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 24 November 2012

Absolutely lovely, really enjoyed it. I thought Kinkakuji would be the highlight of the day, but instead it was Myoshinji and Ninnaji. Very peaceful and serene, not overrun by tourists. Great fall colors.

On the second temple to the left after the main entrance on Ichiojidori, there a sub-temple with 6 stone-carved deities. By far the best sculpture I've seen in Japan.

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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Our intention was to walk through this area on the way to Ninna-ji. What we didn't expect to find was one of the highlights of Kyoto. This area is a maze of 50 or so shrines and temples, all next to each other, all separate and all unique in their own special way. It is absolutely breathtaking. Some are vast buildings, others are no more than a little courtyard. Some have burial grounds and others despite their size, are for individual families. We spent a good couple of hours here just wondering around, enjoying the peace and quiet and being amazed at what we saw. An absolute must when in Kyoto.

2  Thank Travellover6128
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Was shown around and given a short meditation session - very relaxing.
Gorgeous grounds and very peaceful. Didn't see many tourists here which was an added bonus as it allowed us to move freely around the grounds. Certainly worth a visit for a small donation.

2  Thank Jessep666
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Reviewed 28 March 2011

Myoshinji is a fantastic complex of more than 50 shrines, all tucked between traditional houses and shukubos (guest houses for monks and tourists attached to temples - I stayed at Daishin in which was unique!). It takes just 10 minutes from the station - there is a big edifice before you reach it. A moat (did not have any water when I was here) surrounds it. Enter it and it feels as though you are in 15th century Japan! Beautiful shrines all over, the red ones are in the south. All stone streets (signboards are very poor - there are hardly any in English, so it is easy to get lost)

Most shrines did have a good explanation posted outside in Japanese and English. There was a small pond (I wish there were more places to sit and enjoy the gardens).

All around, school children and people go about their daily life - there is even a nursery inside for kids! I was wonder struck as to how cars had managed to enter it (for the people living on the northern part).

All eateries are outside the complex. The complex does not have any opening or closign time, but most temples are open from 9 to 5. Everything is free, but a donation of 300 yen is appreciated (which I gladly placed)

Extremely peaceful! There are a few places to eat outside - jsut saunter and you will find them. The compelx was devoid of many tourists (perhaps it was the cold?!) so it was all the mroe enjoyable.

Definitely worth spending a day here when you are in Kyoto. It is 2 railway stations away from the Castle and 4 stations (15 mins) from Kyoto station.

There are also bus stops at both - the North and South gates

Warning - there are no publish washrooms, but the shrines with shukubos do have wash rooms - no signboards, just ask the monks.

4  Thank JabberwockyIndia
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

Myoshinji might appear to some as just another temple in Kyoto but one of its sub-temples actually provide lodging to visitors. Shunkoin, aside from providing Zen meditation classes, also provides affordable lodging for guests. The abbott speaks excellent lodging and is wonderfully accommodating. Shunkoin also provides free bicycle rentals which makes it easier to explore the area. It is quite far from the main hub of Kyoto but is near to other sights such as Kinkakuji and Ryoanji. Also nearby is a hidden gem of a restaurant called Kitchen Rakuraku.
The only problem I had was actually locating Shunkoin as Myoshinji is a temple complex and is home to a large number of sub-temples. The website said to enter through the South gate and that Shunkoin was two minutes away on foot. It ended up being 10 minutes on foot up an incline. It is much easier to access Shunkoin via the North gate where it is a straight two minute walk away. The rooms are large and spacious, and free wifi is available. In fact, they had one of the best wifi signals I've experienced throughout Japan.

5  Thank KGirll99
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