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Besides sanzenin, visit jakkoin

When you visit Ohara, do not for get to visit Jokkoin, just about 20 minutes walk from Sanzenin,or... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2012
DDSLO
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Taipei, Taiwan
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haunting reminder of the transience of life. beautiful place: again like Gioji, best experienced in... read more

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Reviewed 16 April 2016

The original temple was burnt down so there is nothing to see at all. Very disappointed by the visit to Ohara because there is no much to see in Sanzenin, which is supposed to be the main attraction. Travelling from Kyoto to Ohara is not very convenient so the time here could have been better spent in some other places since there is so much to see in Kyoto and the surrounding areas.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

When in Ohara, do opt for the walk through the village! The path starts right next to the bus station restrooms, crosses the river, and continues straight ahead. You'll pass rice fields (in summer), village houses, some shops and tea houses, and some nice views down the valley. And where the road ends, Jakkoin temple. it's a small gem of a place, complete with a dam with huge koi (carps). Approching the temple, you'll find an interesting assembly of small eateries offering very traditional Japanese food. This is apparently not a place on many visitors' itinerary, so this corner of Kyoto prefecture offers a lot of tranquility as well as a genuine rural feeling. Exiting the temple and turning to the right, you'll have the option for a longer hike through the forest and hills to several minor shrines, it all starting with a rather impressive, moss grown flight of stairs leading up into the forest.

Date of experience: July 2015
4  Thank KeaNor
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Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

Jakko-in temple is west of the bus station in Ohara. There are many temples and shrines in the Kyoto area that you can enter for free that are far bigger and more interesting. Jakko-in charges 600 yen to see its tiny grounds and buildings whereas Sanzen-in temple in Ohara charges 700 and they have huge buildings and grounds that are spectacular at every turn. Jakko-in takes 5 minutes to see but you could easily spend 2 hours at Sanzen-in.If you want to avoid feeling ripped-off skip Jakko-in. The walk there however is pretty as is the entire Ohara area which should not be missed.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 24 October 2014

This temple is about 10-15 min from the bus stop, and not gorgeous and not huge. Also not the world heritage, however, you can enjoy the quietness. Not close to Kyoto station, but this is one of the place I want to be back again. "Moss" is one of charm of this temple, therefore, maybe rainy season (from June to mid Jul) might be the best reason I guess.

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

When you visit Ohara, do not for get to visit Jokkoin, just about 20 minutes walk from Sanzenin,or 15 minutes from bus stop,you will find something different from the temples in Kyoto!

Date of experience: January 2012
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