Shoren-in Temple is a delightful and quiet temple that exudes a palpable feeling of tranquility. It is only steps away from the bustling streets of the Higashiyama District, yet when one crosses the threshold of the temple's front gate it is as though one has stepped back into simpler, more peaceful times. You can sit and sip green tea while contemplating the first of its four gardens, enjoying the play of light upon the maple and cherry tree leaves, flowers, and moss.
Shoren-in Temple's four gardens are famous in Japan, each attributed to a different luminary of Japanese landscape architecture. The gardens are sometimes illuminated at night, and on occasion are the setting for traditional koto (Japanese zither) concerts.
The temple itself is famous for its statuary as well as for its place in Japanese history. Shoren-in Temple protected the priests Honen and Shinran, who were developers of new Buddhist sects in the 13th Century. Contemporary followers of these sects regard the temple as a particularly sacred place.
Admission price was 500 Yens
This temple was originally the residence of the chief abbot of the Tendai school of Buddhism. The present building dates from 1895, but the main hall has sliding screens with paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. It's a pleasant place to sit and look at the beautiful gardens as it is often overlooked by the crowds.
Open 9 am - 17 pm
Entry: Yen 500
Next on our Kyoto stroll was this Shoren in Temple, just further the road from Chion-in and this is not as large or popular or crowded place at all. It has lots of forest around it.