This Temple in Kyoto Is Famous for Its Heart-Shaped Window

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Shojuin Temple
149 Okuyamada-Kawakami, Ujidawara-cho, Tsuzuki Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Contact: +81-774-88-3601
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (November to March: 8:30 am to 4 p.m.)
Entrance fee: ¥400 (including tea and snacks)
How to get there: Take Bus No. 180, 182, or 184 from JR Uji Station for about 30 minutes and get off at the Ichumae Bus Stop. From there, take the Community Bus for about 17 minutes, get off at the Okuyamada Bus Stop, then walk for 10 minutes.

Known for temples with hundreds of years of history, Kyoto has no shortage of beautiful sacred sites to visit. One of them, Shojuin Temple, has been around for 800 years. And with its reception hall featuring a kawaii heart-shaped window or Inome window, even social media has taken notice. 

From the window, you’ll see an amazing garden of 20 trees, including Somei Yoshino, which is one of the most famous sakura species in Japan, and Kobai, a plum tree with reddish pink blossoms. The room’s ceiling, which is decorated with 160 colorful paintings, is also a sight to behold.

The lovely view of cherry blossoms from the Inome window. Inome (heart-shaped) is a traditional Japanese pattern used in temple architecture that’s believed to bring happiness.

And as if you needed more reasons to drop by this temple, Shojuin Temple will also be launching an illumination event starting April this year, offering visitors more double tap-worthy photo opportunities!

Head to the temple at night and be enchanted by this romantic view of the illuminations.

Because the illumination event can only accommodate 50 visitors a day, making a reservation is highly recommended. Also, make sure to prepare ¥800 for the entrance fee and to come on time since the illuminations are only scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (18 February 2018)

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