Sanzen-in Temple

Kyoto, Kansai

Sanzen-in is located in Ohara in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. The temple is in a prominent scenic location among the many other temples in the Ohara area. The first Sanzen-in was built when the great priest Saicho founded Enryaku-ji on Hiei-zan in the 8th century after returning from China where he studied Buddhism. The temple was moved to the present site in the latter half of the 15th century, when Kyoto had been devastated by wars. Historically, members of the Imperial family served for many generations as the heads of the temple. The Amida-Nyorai Sanzon Buddhist statue housed in the temple has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The temple is widely known for its lovely display of hydrangeas in early summer and maples in autumn.


540 Ohara-Raigoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee
700 yen (regular fee)
Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/45-min. ride/Ohara Stop/15-min. walk

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