Shozen-ji Temple in northern Kyoto sees few visitors though it is not far from mega famous crowd scene temples Kinkakuji and Genko-an. In fact, they don’t even charge an admission fee. Its modest garden and ancient tree make it a worthwhile stop, however. Shozen-ji Temple’s small zen garden is a rare chance to enjoy the tranquility of a Japanese zen garden without all the crowds - they way they are supposed to be enjoyed, not as a tourist attraction but an integral part of a Zen Buddhist, Jodo Sect, temple in Kyoto. Shozen-ji is known for its rhododendrons or tsutsuji but it is not so well known as to be mobbed with tourists to see them as other venues in town trump Shozenji in this department.
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