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
We guide this spot.
5.0a month ago
Extraordinary place. So zen. Spent the whole day here and visited a few of the surrounding temples too. By far one of my favourite spots.
You can enjoy the tea ceremony here (we did a couple in each spot) and just breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the view.
We also joined in on a meditation session, which was very interesting. Absolutely love everything about this place!
Best to go early in the AM.
5.0a week ago
Definitely one of the best place to visit in Kyoto. Really a place to refresh your spirit. Feeling refreshing and peaceful.
5.0a week ago
A quiet and less touristic temple, featured a serene and wonderful garden.
5.02 weeks ago
Incredibly beautiful gardens, wonderful smell of incense, little Bhudda statues
5.06 months ago
This is the best temple we visited in Kyoto and surroundings. Great, just great gardens, so different and so beautiful. We spent there at least 3 hours walking around and enjoying ourselves, with rather few people around.
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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.