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Shokokuji Temple

#122 of 1,077 things to do in Kyoto
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City Center
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Address: Karasumadori-Higashiiru, Imadegawa-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0033 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-231-0301

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Very ancient, off beaten path

I stayed at Shokokuji in the summer of 1972 - the abbot took in traveling students and professors to defray expenses. What I remember best, besides sitting in meditation with the... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2016
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

I stayed at Shokokuji in the summer of 1972 - the abbot took in traveling students and professors to defray expenses. What I remember best, besides sitting in meditation with the abbot, are the amazing 15th century paintings on the screens and walls of the tiny bedroom I had. Worth a detour if you are going to the imperial palace... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Really nice temple complex with no crowds at all. Nice and peaceful place with beautiful old buildings. Well worth checking out

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Camarillo, California
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Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Not the most popular spot means you can enjoy this temple without crowds. The main hall is spectacular with a large serpent dragon painted on the wood ceiling. Some of the panel doors were in the imperial palace. Beautiful friendship bell outside.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 25 December 2015

I found out about this temple from a friendly local I met at a restaurant. According to him, it was the best temple in Kyoto. According to my guide, it wasn't even worth mentioning... I went there expecting something mediocre, and instead... I loved it! The main hall is absolutely amazing: there is a giant dragon painting on the ceiling... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This wonderful temple is located in the middle of a university compound. The main hall is spaces and there are numerous portrait sculptures near the walls depicting famous former abbots. There is a small museum in a nearby building containing several items designated as National Treasures. Having an opportunity to see them worth the trip. It is conveniently located near... More 

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Just across from the gardens of Kyoto Imperial Palace, a short walk past some schools and a temple 'garden' one finds the Shokoku-ji Temple. The tickets were more expensive that I would have liked. For the price one gets a leaflet that has some English explanation, a visit inside the temple (there was a group that got an explanation from... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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