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
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.
5.0a month ago
Sanzen-in Temple is located in a mountainous town of Ohara in the northern part of Sakyo-ku. The temple belongs to Tendai sect of Buddhism established in the late 8th century by saint Saicho. Sain Saicho is most known as a founder of Enryakuji Temple. The main object of worship is Yakushi Nyorai statue. The origin of the temple can trace its roots to Enyubo on Mt. Hiei which is located in the south-west of Ohara during the period of Sain Saicho. It was later relocated to Ohara in 1871. This is why the temple has another name of remains of a gate to the late Sanzen-in Temple. Out of those three major Monzeki ( remains of a gate ) Temples of Tendai sect, Sanzen-in has the oldest one. There is a famous Amida Sanson Statues ( three bodies of Amida Nyorai statues ) placed in its main hall right in the center of a garden covered in deep green moss. In its precincts there are two streams running. One is called Ryosen and another one is called Ritsusen. Those names can be reffered to the rhythm of a Buddhist sutra.
The temple is built in an extensive area at the foot of a mountain and its surrounding area has many other Buddhist temples connected with a narrow paths. You could spend half a day just strolling around this area full of attractions. Along the way to the temple is a path filled with many souvenir shops. You might notice some shops selling Shibazuke ( pickled egg plants seasoned with Shiso leaves ). Shiso leaves are the local special product in Ohara. Sanzen-in is mostly visited among tourists wishing to see autumn leaves in November, but you should not miss the seasonal beauty of its Hydrangeas bloom in June. The temple is never crowded except for the autmn season. You can fully enjoy the tranquility of its atmosphere. We highly recommend that when you come to Ohara, spend the whole day exploring around the town.
( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )
5.05 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.)
5.02 months ago
Easily accessible from Central Kyoto, serene and not crowded in June. The Hydrangea festival is a sight too see
5.03 months ago
If you visit there in the morning, you could enjoy a basically crowd-free sanzen-in.
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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.