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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5.04 months ago
Gorgeous temple in the outskirts of Kyoto. It’s not too hot compared to Kyoto downtown in summer. The statues of the little monks are adorable. So nice to go there alone and meditate for a while. There are some shops that sell snacks and souvenirs on the small hike to the temple. The bus near the temple doesn’t come very often so please watch the time if you’re trying to get back to Kyoto at the end of the day.
5.05 months ago
My new favorite temple in Kyoto! Peaceful and quiet. With a beautiful moss garden, huge hydrangea garden, and walking path along a stream. It's a bit of a hike to get out to but it's well worth it. There are a few other temples within walking distance so you can spend a few hours yo8 there.
5.04 months ago
I have been there many times, in many seasons. Always special. I especially love the O-jizo sama (small stone statues) in the moss garden. There are so many interesting ones to see. They are helpers to the common human being. Also, don’t miss Otonashi (soundless) Waterfall with bamboo and cedar on opposite sides.
4.011 months ago
Meow. Feeling uplifted visiting this beautiful place. I visited in early February, so colours were not as vivid as peak seasons. Still, the design of the temple, viewing gardens, strolling gardens and temple grounds were lovely for contemplation. They serve matcha and a sweet for 500yen which you can enjoy while facing the garden. While this is an hour by bus from downtown Kyoto, it is a easy ride and good (half) day trip out of the city hustle bustle, especially if you’ve seen many of central Kyoto’s gardens already. The short walk up to the temple is dotted with restaurants, pickle merchants, and souvenir shops. We also visited other temples in the area. 4 paws, meow! 🐾🐾🐾🐾
4.0a month ago
Tucked away in Ohara , another place to view autumn leaves .
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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.