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Address: 964 Higashikawaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0951, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-541-5361
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Quiet temple housing old paintings

This was an accidental find. I was walking past to one of the more famous temples and decided to stop in. The main temple is free but to access the garden and old paintings in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anna S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an accidental find. I was walking past to one of the more famous temples and decided to stop in. The main temple is free but to access the garden and old paintings in the museum you'll need to pay ¥500. Its worth it though as the calm garden is lovely and the 500 year old paintings are well... More 

Thank Anna S
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

It's very nice to visit this place in autumn when all the colored leaves are turning the park into a colorful spectacle.

Thank Mathis B
Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Overall experience is quite good. Morning exercise explore my sight. Famous painting is worth to see and with Japanese explanation. Beautiful environment. The living area is clean and sanitized.

Thank Nelson C
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

A first experience is always very special. This was my first time walking along the roofed verandas of a traditional viewing garden. The gardens are stunning but so is this approach to the viewing of them and I was in awe. Being early August the daily temperature rose to 38 degrees so my family and I were very grateful for... More 

Thank Sandi V
Miami, Florida
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220 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

This was one of my favorite spots in Kyoto. Admission covers museum and garden but well worth it--historic screen paintings, and garden is very serene, viewed from building with wonderful (if modern) paintings. Kondo and other buildings available without fee, nice grounds. An active temple, special treat is to listen to the monks chanting at 6 a.m., enter through the... More 

Thank wymanz2go
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

This is a real find: an uncrowded and exquisite temple minutes from the train station. Even on a Sunday I could take pictures all morning without people getting in the way. The pond garden is only one of several on the site. The fusuma are amazing, real treasures.

Thank Richard J
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198 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

This temple is very famous for its painting. But for me, who are tired of such attractions in many temples in Kyoto, the quiet environment is the best. You can enter the main hall, looking at the Buddha and meditate. Today, only another guests during my stay of about 30 minutes. Smell of flowers came in and I was very... More 

Thank gehararigo
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Every Morning at 6am Buddhist Monks Chant for 30 minutes followed by 10 fire service! At is fabulous

Thank CMeyerinLA
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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2,066 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,545 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015

With a entry fee of 500 yen this is well worth the visit, superb peaceful gardens. Main entrance was not easy to find as it is not well marked but google maps took us straight there

Thank swift314
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Chishaku-in ( 智積院 ) has it all. It can be a bit tricky to find, but once there, you enter a realm of peace, beauty, and tranquil meditative awareness. What makes the place particularly intriguing and inviting is the chance to contemplate the wonderful hill garden and pond all by yourself, or with just a few other visitors who are... More 

Thank KeaNor

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