Sanzen-in Temple, founded in the late 8th century, is among the oldest belonging to the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Located in the town of Ohara, an hour north of central Kyoto, the temple is surrounded by natural beauty and offers a relaxing stroll through a variety of seasonal flowers. The traditional gardens with vermilion gates and green moss are the must-see. You will be enchanted with 3,000 hydrangeas sprawling over the forest.
For two weeks around May, the town of Ohara hosts the Oharame Festival, in which local women walk around the neighborhood in a procession dressed in traditional farming costume. You can rent this costume free and participate in the festival. Another attraction is Otonashi-no-taki ('soundless waterfall), which flows calmly in the mountain behind the temple.
Purposeelderly,spiritual places,family,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 51.2km) Google Transit
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5.0a month ago
Absolutely beautiful. The atmosphere here feels so peaceful. Momiji is gorgeous too. Honestly this place is so much nicer than a lot of crowded places in the city.
5.0a month ago
The beauty of this temple is when you walk around its garden, you can see different views at different angles. Pine trees and moss, the greens and the changing colors of autumn leaves.
5.03 weeks ago
A very nice trip in the surrounding mountain of Kyoto. Beautiful paths to walk around and the gardens are superb.
1.0a week ago
The facility here is not friendly to people with disability or with kids. The ticket is 700 yen however very obviously they dont use the money to properly maintain their facility. There is a wheelchair road however we were asked to park our stroller outside and take off our shoes. Then we had to climb the hills with a lot of bags and baby in arm. Very bad experience.
5.04 weeks ago
Beautiful temple with a moss garden and momiji in autumn colors 🍁 I went there on the second weekend of November, it was perfect timing and not so crowded
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Here at Sanzen-in, you can enjoy the quietness of the temple as well as its beautiful view of the garden all year around. The cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, a lot of hydrangeas in summer, red leaves in arutumn, snow in winter, al...
Here at Sanzen-in, you can enjoy the quietness of the temple as well as its beautiful view of the garden all year around. The cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, a lot of hydrangeas in summer, red leaves in arutumn, snow in winter, all serve to give you unforgettable experience.