Myoshin-ji Temple


64 Hanazono Myoshin-ji machi
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This large temple complex in northwestern Kyoto includes about 50 sub-temples in addition to its main buildings. Myoshin-ji Temple is known as one of Japan's leading centers of Zazen or seated Zen meditation. The temple was founded in 1337 when Emperor Hanazono (1297-1348), a devoted practitioner of Zen meditation, converted his imperial villa to a temple. Today, this is the head temple of the largest branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Twice-daily tours of the Dharma Hall, Temple Bell and Akechiburo Bathhouse are open to the public (check website for further details). Opening hours vary according to each of the different buildings.