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Kyoto Ohara Sanzen-in
Welcome to Sanzen-in, where you can find the moss covered gardens of Yusei-en and Shuheki-en, and a temple that has drawn people out from worldly affairs and onto the path of Buddhism throughout history. Cherry blossoms in spring, hydrangeas in summer, maple leaves in autumn and snowscapes in winter, whenever one comes to Sanzen-in they are surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the seasons. Inside of the important cultural property designated Ojo Gokuraku-in (temple) built in 1148 is the designated national treasure Amida Sanzon statue which shines golden sitting in its slightly peculiar pose. Aside from these are various other important cultural assets worth seeing around the temple grounds of Sanzen-in.
- 540 Ohara Raikoin-machi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- Kyoto Bus from JR Kyoto Station headed towards Ohara (62 min), get off at the last stop and walk for 10 minutes; Keihan Electric Railway, or the Kyoto Municipal Subway, up to the Keihan Sanjo Station, take the Kyoto Bus headed towards Ohara for 40 minutes, get off at the last stop and walk for 10 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Entrance Fee: 700 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
There is a small hall in Sanzen-in where large number of women have come to pray over the years called Ojo Gokuraku-in. Inside is enshrined the culturally treasured statue of Amida Sanzon whose godly shape expresses the very essence of nirvana. Sitting to the sides of the Amida Sanzon are two rare Kannon Deity statues called "Yamato Suwari."
One can enjoy flowers and trees through the changing of the seasons in this moss covered park with a small pond in the center. It is said the konjiki-sui (golden water) in this park can bring happiness and long life. There are also many small jizo statues called “warabe jizo” lightly placed throughout the grounds that seem to be protecting the temple.
One can enjoy seasonal flowers throughout much of the year, but it is during early summer when one is treated to an especially beautiful wonder when the park is dyed by the color of hydrangeas. During the flowerless winter, the park is covered in snow. Many people come to find tranquil repose in the quiet scenes of this beautiful Japanese temple.