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Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto: 3 reviews and 11 photos

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Myoshinji is the head temple of the largest sect of Rinzai Buddhism. Although it's not one of the official 5 Great Zen Temples of Kyoto, it is unofficially one of the best!

The history of the temple began in the 14th century. It was rebuilt in 1477 after it was destroyed during the Onin Wars. The subtemples are highly worthwhile (see other tips), but it is also a good idea to take the short tour of the main hall.

Inside the main hall you will see the large dragon painting by Kano Tanyu . You will see these at other major Zen temples (ex: Kenninji, Nanzenji, etc.), but they are always impressive and Myoshinji's is the largest! The eyes of the dragon follow you wherever you move. You will also see the nation's oldest temple bell. The tour ends at a bath house. Tours run every 20 minutes from 9:10AM to 3:40PM (except at 12 they only have a 12:30 tour).

Visitors are free to roam the temple grounds whenever they like, but the tour costs 500 yen. Subtemples also have their own entrance fees. Many offer Zen meditation.

Address: 64 Myoshinji-cho
Phone: +8 175-461-5226

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2010
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