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“This huge complex features Taizo-in”
Review of Myoshinji Temple

Myoshinji Temple
Ranked #76 of 1,113 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“This huge complex features Taizo-in”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Well located, near Myoshin, Ryoan, Kinkaku. Huge with many areas not of great tourist interest. But head for the inner temple garden of Taizo-in. Upon entering the Taizo area, notice the two triangular gravel gardens, one chocolate in color and quite unique. Then continue to the "Dragon-back Falls", so beautiful. And for a deeper learning experience look for the painting of "How to catch a catfish with a gourd."

Visited November 2012
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“A good way to enjoy japanese garden by a rainy day.”
Reviewed 20 March 2013

I concur with other positive reviews.
Very pleasant, in its own way. Contrasting with the Golden Temple, you can stroll at your own pace, and stay as long as you like. No big crowd, for a change. The space is large, and it is possible to sit down to relax. As others mention, a complex of 40 – 50 temples, most with their own small gardens. It is the headquarter of a major Buddhist monk’s school. There is an historic sense to the place. The main buildings are imposing, and lead the visitor to dream of the Japan on many centuries ago.
I had a very pleasant time there today.
Found two very handsome inner gardens, belonging to sub-temples. Found good spots to sit back and admire a staple of japanese aesthetics. They were very artful Japanese gardens under the rain, a dream come true.
Obviously, I mean my sitting spots were shielded from the rain.
The Buddhist monks are meticulously taking care of those gardens.
The space, overall, is huge. Buildings are of varying interest, but there are some gems. The attentive visitor will be rewarded. Pay attention to detail: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Visited March 2013
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“Best to walk around the old time looking alleys”
Reviewed 14 January 2013

This really surprised me, especially in the evening you would never imagine you are in the middle of a modern big city, the alleys between the many small sub temples in a huge and very active zen temple complex, make it feel like walking here 300 years ago, especially at night as not street lamps let alone neon signs can be seen. Buy a map f the place and check out the best subtemples during the season you are in- it varies which Id recommend according to season. and then just get lost in the complex, happen upon interesting garden/temple entrances and enjoy the atmosphere.

Visited November 2012
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“Absolutely loved it”
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.

Visited November 2012
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“So many temples and shrines in one place!”
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.

Visited September 2012
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