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Address: 73-1 Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
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This garden is a delight. Elegant simplicity in a truly peaceful setting. The site is surrounded by a bamboo 'wall'. Sitting on the temple terrace viewing the moss garden with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Hexham, United Kingdom
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This garden is a delight. Elegant simplicity in a truly peaceful setting. The site is surrounded by a bamboo 'wall'. Sitting on the temple terrace viewing the moss garden with perfectly positioned specimen trees is lovely. After that take a stroll through the rest of the garden in the garden slippers provided (so don't worry about having to remove your... More 

Thank PASP123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This is a small temple and attached garden which serves tea (some of the time). It's extremely mossy and bamboo'd and has very good lighting for photography. Small entry fee but it's worth it. Unfortunately it had mosquitoes in August.

Thank Albert C
Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

This is one of many temples in this complex. This is a must-see for the gardens. As you enter the garden you are aware that bamboo plays a critical role as a wall around the garden. The moss and green plants are very well landscaped. The rooms are open and you can take photographs! Again the rooms are set-up to... More 

Thank Don P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Definitely my favourite temple in all of Kyoto. It is such a peaceful space. The most beautiful, tranquil garden. Worth spending some time exploring this space.

Thank Berenice R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

A really lovely beautiful temple, not as well known a ssome of the bigger more tourist ones, but this one is really pretty tranquil and not so busy so well worth seeking out on your travel and paying a visit

Thank swift314
Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

I have already written in review for Daitoku-ji that this temple is just like heaven. This is truly a hidden gem of Kyoto which makes everyone, who is looking for a serene place, happy. It is possible to take photos here, so you can also make some nice pictures, but please, do not disturb the others. This place must be... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

LOVED this place! Especially as this is one of the lesser known ones, a hidden gem in a truly beautiful area. So peaceful and beautiful!

Thank ath2011ath
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

I have been to Koto-in twice. The first time in the fall and it was serenely quiet. Then to my joy and laughter, I heard a marching band, (there must have been a high school beyond the greenery) as they practiced a John Phillips Sousa marching song and I just had to laugh. It put me in a moment, Koto-in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

We found this to be breathtakingly beautiful. You follow a perfectly maintained path with bamboo alongside to discover the entrance of the temple. The view of the gardens from the gate is simply ravishing. No crowds. A major highlight - however subtle - of our visit to Kyoto. R

1 Thank John R
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

We found this place by a chance when walking from subway station to Kinkaku-ji. We totally loved it. Very calm, quiet, sublime, hardly any people. Small, yet beautiful bamboo forest, beautiful architecture harmonising with nature. I definitely recommend going there!

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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