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Myoshinji Temple

#75 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 64 Hanazono Myoshijicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8035, Kyoto Prefecture
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Good temple, less popular among foreigner.,

A temple that houses many small temples in it. It is a good autumn colours temple where you can avoid crowds. Close to jr hanomon station, it is convenient as well. Do note... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I was actually not planning on going here, but since I ended up here by walking the wrong way it was okay. The temple is in the heart of a big complex and seems completly seperated from the rest of the city. Monks can be seen dong prayer/chant, be respectful and don't disturb by taking pictures or barging in. Instead... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

A temple that houses many small temples in it. It is a good autumn colours temple where you can avoid crowds. Close to jr hanomon station, it is convenient as well. Do note that some of the temples (smaller) require a payment. Do decide which one you wish to go.

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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Myoshinji is a huge complex of Zen temple, and in its premises there are many affiliated small temples. There are many paths, which are crossing its premises and are used by local people as shortcut. So, it seems like a small town. Some small temples are open to public, while others are not.

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Thank Kimitaka S
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

We walked around the huge temple complex for some time, but were actually disappointed as we wanted to try the zen meditation in the shunko temple and missed the few available slots (do check their website before the visit and come at the appropriate time if you are interested in meditation as well). A planning lesson for us! Do not... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

We found the temple interesting but missed out so much on the detail as we couldnt get a English guide to the place. Nice to visit but we felt we missed out on so much

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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Myoshinji isn't one temple but a temple complex founded in the 9th century. Its tranquil to walk around and look at the various buildings. The only guided tour is in Japanese but there are signs in some places explaining what's what. Its 500yen to get in but worth it. The Buddhist artwork is amazing here. Beyond that, you might be... More 

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Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

I admit to feeling some reservation about spilling the beans on a well kept secret. Myoshin-ji is a bit off the beaten path, when we went on a Tuesday it was completely tranquil to just walk around. However, taking the tour is absolutely worth the ¥500 even if you don't understand Japanese. This lets you in the the bathhouse where... More 

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Reviewed 29 May 2015

This is actually a sort if temple complex with different temples and gardens over a large area. Much quieter than any other temple I visited, and seems somewhat neglected by the hoards of tourists and bus loads of school children you usually have to jostle with. It is free to wander around the complex and you could pay 500 yen... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2015

It was so peaceful and beautiful. All of the temples in the area were just historically beautiful. The gardens were beautiful and there were so many temples clustered together that it was easy to walk around and see many of them. It is also a bit away from the city areas and the nature was just gorgeous.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

One of the reasons I liked Myoshinji was because they teach foreigners meditation and don't make a great big song and dance about form. They focus on the essence. I also liked that it's a living working breathing place as there was a creche there when I was there as well as some of the buildings being used as training... More 

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