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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5.07 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.
5.08 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.
5.02 months ago
Calming, Secluded, Mind-opening place.
I will definitely visit here again someday.
5.03 months ago
Little gems in the north side of Kyoto, far from the famous one but not lack of amazing things.
5.07 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.
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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.