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Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto

#45 of 687 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
A nationally designated Historic Site, as well as a Place of Scenic Beauty, Myoshinji Temple is sure to leave every visitor speachless with its beauty and rich history. A previous emperor’s palace, it was turned into a temple after he bacame a monk in the 14th century. During wars in the next centuries, this complex was mostly destroyed, only to be later rebuilt in the 16th century. Don't miss the bell, notable for being the oldest known example of a Buddhist temple bell, and remarkably still in use. When you enter the temple, pay attention to the ceiling and its colossal dragon, painted in such a way that it seems it’s watching and moving along with you. Plan your visit to Myoshinji Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto trip planning app.
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  • So wonderful garden.maple was the vest in November.I want to visit in spring. 退蔵院での11月のもみじは格別でした。特に回遊式庭園の余香苑は、計算されつくしたお庭です。足を止めて、のんびりと景色を眺めておりました。 次回は、春の垂れ桜を見に行ってみたいです。  more »
  • We came here to take a meditation class at the Shunkoin Temple, which is located inside of Myoshinji Temple (the Myoshinji temple complex). We were absolutely floored to see the temple complex. It is....  more »
  • Very tipical Japanese area. Absolutely worth walking though, if you still have an hour. Temples included. The gate is beautifull, including a small front gate and a decorative bridge. Houses are surprisingly nice and old.
  • What is cooler than a zen meditation class in a famous zen temple, followed by a beautifully presented lunch? You're right. Nothing.

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