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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5.02 months ago
The place is amazing to enjoy the nature. Not that much tourists are here, so you can enjoy the peacefulness. When you go there don't forget to try the tea with the pretty garden view! (Tea picture is attached.)
5.0a month ago
Nice and quiet temple nestled in mountains north of Kyoto. Really good getaway from crowds if you are bored with too many tourist in Kyoto city. Worth taking a bus for 30 minutes from the city I think.
5.03 weeks ago
If you visit there in the morning, you could enjoy a basically crowd-free sanzen-in.
5.02 months ago
It is a very beautiful garden you shall not in Ohara. It gives you a sense of chilling throughout the walk.
4.0a month ago
It was a special exhibition of Golden Fudo. Green moss also shone with glowing light.
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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.