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Lovely garden, even lovelier when it rained

Obai-in is one of the twenty-ish subtemples of Datoku-ji. In my overall review of Datuko-ji, I am... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Singapore, Singapore

This zen garden was the highlight of our kyoto visit, beautiful, quiet and just lovely. We will go... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
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27 Oct 2018
“Lovely garden, even lovelier when it rained”
30 Aug 2018
Obai-in is a temple which began with the construction of a koan hermitage by Nobunaga Oda as a memorial for his father, Nobuhide. The Sakumuken priests' quarters and tearoom, the oldest existing among Japanese Zen temples, and the Jikichu-tei...more
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83-1 Murasakino Daitokujicho | Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

These were the first rude people I met in japan. Avoid this place, the ladies here were very pushy and told us to leave. Seemed to be very anti-foreigner.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Obai-in is one of the twenty-ish subtemples of Datoku-ji. In my overall review of Datuko-ji, I am giving it a score of only "1" (terrible) because there was nothing to see unless one paid (again and again) to enter each subtemple. Naturally, it would not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

This zen garden was the highlight of our kyoto visit, beautiful, quiet and just lovely. We will go back again, hopefully next year.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

The information on this temple said it was just re-landscaped and opened to the public, they did a great job. Unfortunately no photography was allowed inside the garden and building.There were blooming plants artfully placed in the moss and small tree/shrub landscape, it was gorgeous....More

Date of experience: March 2016
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mariko585, 広報担当マネージャー at Obai-in, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2016

Thank you for your visit. We look forward to also arriving.

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Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
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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
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