Shōren-in – Kyoto, Japan | A Blog Voyage
Shōren-in (81) 75.561.2345 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, 6 9-1, Higashiyama Ward; Kyoto Prefecture 605-0035, Japan www.shorenin.com Open Hours: 9:00-17:00 Daily special evenings open for light show Wwith four gardens connecting it's buildings, Shōren-in is a marvelous temple, of the Buddhism Tendai sect, dating from the 12th century. An easy visit, being only five minute walk from Higashiyama, it's small shrine and a expansive bamboo grove would be a shame to miss. Inside the temples Kacho-den room, the screens are adorned with Fusuma paintings of lotus flowers by the artist Kimura Hideki; while above hang 36 framed portraits and poems from 36 seperate poets. Behind th Kacho-den room is the tearoom with view over the Soami-no-niwa Garden. During the cold months, this is the most delightful place to enjoy a hot drink and a sweet while absorbing the beauty of the garden.