Museums & Sights



A monzeki temple, meaning the head priest has to be of imperial blood, Shoren-in has been home to some auspicious guests. It was here that Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect, began his religious life in 1181, and in 1788 it became a temporary Imperial Palace after fire ravaged the Emperor’s main digs. For all this history and a wonderful stroll garden with carp ponds, this temple draws surprisingly few visitors. All the more reason to go.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


69-1 Sanjobo-cho, Awataguchi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Transport Buses 5, 100; or Higashiyama station (Tozai line).

Telephone 075 561 2345

Open 9am-4.30pm daily.

Admission Admission ¥500.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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