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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

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Myoshinji Temple 妙心寺

Zen solitude, lodging, and meditation in the center of Kyoto

Myoshinji Temple contains 46 sub-temples spread across a vast area interconnected by stone paths. It was the site of an imperial villa until the emperor had it converted into a Zen temple in 1337.

How to Get There

For Myoshinji's north gate, take the Keifuku Dentetsu Kitano Line from Katabiranotsuji or Hakubaicho stations to Myoshinji Station.

For the south gate, take the local train on the JR Sagano Line to JR Hanazono Station. The temple is a five-minute walk to the northeast.

Quick Facts

Known in Japanese as the "Temple of the Enlightened Mind"

Temple lodging and morning meditation sessions are available

The Taizo-in, Keishun-in and Daishin-in sub-temples are open all year

Important Cultural Properties

Most of the original buildings were destroyed in the Onin War of 1467–1477, with the buildings we see today dating from the late 15th to 17th centuries. The Sanmon gate and Butsuden Hall have been designated Important Cultural Properties and are off limits to visitors.

You can, however, enter Hatto Hall as part of a guided tour. The ceiling of this great hall features the painting of a dragon whose gaze falls upon you regardless of where you stand in the hall.

Japanese rock garden

Taizo-in, one of several sub-temples, is said to have been built in the 1400s and features a dynamic combination of garden stones, which combine to create a spectacular rock garden that resembles a landscape painting. Features of the rock garden include a dry waterfall, an island shaped like a turtle, and a stone bridge.

The adjacent pond garden was created in the 1960s and is considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful gardens from the Showa era.

Garden teahouse

Keishun-in sub-temple, founded in 1558, has two different types of gardens of varied size and character. You can enjoy a view of the gardens from the teahouse attached to the temple.

Peony garden

Daishin-in is the smallest of the four sub-temples, with what is called the Peony Garden. The garden contains a pretty flowerbed at the center, surrounded by cut stones.

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