Sanzenin Temple, famous for its lush moss garden

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Zen Garden in Sanzen-in Temple in Ohara, Kyoto

Moss garden as a zen garden in Sanzen-in

Sanzenin is a temple of the Tendai sect located in Ohara, Kyoto.

It is said that this temple originated in the 8th century, when Saicho, a Japanese Buddhist monk first built a hermitage under a pear tree at the time of the establishment of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

Saicho was a Japanese Buddhist monk in the early Heian period (Heian period: 794-1185) and the founder of the Tendai sect of Buddhism in Japan.

In the late Heian period, members of the imperial family began to enter the temple, and they continued to serve as abbots.

Moss garden in Sanzen-in

Moss is one of the plants indispensable to zen gardening. There are so many kinds of mosses, and it is said that there are more than about 2,000 kinds in Japan alone.

This is a place where you can enjoy the seasonal scenery of the garden with its lush moss and autumn leaves.

To get there, take Kyoto Bus No. 17 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at Ohara Bus Stop (about 60 minutes’ bus ride), and then walk 10 minutes.


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