Ohara - Jorengein Temple


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March 10th 2009
Published: March 10th 2009
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Jorengein Temple
Thanks to Hikoro we had a unique opporturnity to enjoy Japanese hospitality at Jorengein Temple (http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/orion/eng/hstj/sakyo/jorengein.html) up in the mountain of Ohara, close to Sanzenin Temple. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place offering total relaxation to your body and mind. Jorengein Temple is located about 20 minutes walking up-hill from Ohara busstop. It is surrounded by forest and there is a small river running down the hill. It is a sub temple of Sanzenin Temple. The place has gorgeous garden and there is also a bellhouse in the garden. We took the opporturnity to ring the bell early in the morning. It was fun! The deep sound echoed in the woods and in the garden.

We were the only guests staying over night and enjoyed fully the quiet temple. Our hosts were very nice and friendly. We enjoyed beautiful Japanese dinner in the evening after having a Japanese style bath. The food was delicious!

In the evening we visited in a small temple called Hosen-in near Jorengein. Hosen-in temple is one of the sub-temples of Shorin-in. The highlight of the temple is a view of bamboo garden seen from a tatami room. The view is framed like
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Jorengein Temple Bellhouse in the garden
a painting by the beam and posts of the building. The place is famous for its 600-year-old pine tree that look like Mt. Fuji and blood stained Chi-tenjo ceiling. Admission fee includes tea and cake and we enjoyed them in the tatami room with a view to the bamboo garden. You can read more details about the temple from this site: http://kyoto.asanoxn.com/places/ohara/hosenin/ls_hosenin.htm

We had a good night sleep on futon beds and the next morning we enjoyed delicious Japanese breakfast. We thank the Jorengein temple hosts for this special experience and also my dear Japanese friend Hiroko for arranging the over night stay at the temple for us.


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Our room in Jorengein Temple
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The garden of Hosenin Temple
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Framed view of Hosenin bamboo garden
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The 600-years-old tree at Hosenin temple garden
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Our delicious Japanese dinner at Jorengein temple


10th March 2009

Truly Beautiful
Wow - It looks truly beautiful -love lynne
13th March 2009

I got to your travel blog by accident. I was searching for some information on how to travel by car from Bucharest, Romania to Luebeck, Germany. It should have been just some light entertainement during lunch break, instead I ended up reading about your travels for the remaining of work hours. It looks amazing!
14th March 2009

Hello, I'm pleased to hear you liked reading my blogs. Your comment made me smile. I was surprised to hear you ended up spending the rest of your work day with my blogs! Be aware, I haven't yet wrote about our travels in Osaka, Kobe and Himeji.. ;)
14th January 2010

booking 2 rooms and dinner
can you reserve 2 rooms for a couple and a single for 25 and -26 MARCH thanck you for your reward a mon
11th April 2010

Bookings for Jorengein Temple
Sorry, my friend booked the room for us so I can't help you in reserving the room in Jorengein Temple.

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