Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara. Day trip from Kyoto to Ohara rural village. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

So Ohara is a village on the outskirts of Kyoto, and it’s here that you can make a visit to the Sanzen-in Temple.

Ohara can make for a good half day trip from Kyoto when you’re looking for an activity that could be considered somewhat of a city escape.

You can also extend a trip to Ohara into an all day trip by taking your time at Sanzen-in Temple surrounded by nature and Japanese gardens, and there are other temples in Ohara to visit as well.

You can also spend your time walking the small streets of the village and stop by for meals and snacks at the small restaurants along the way.

 

 

Sanzen-in Temple as part of one day Kyoto itinerary

I made a visit to Sanzen-in Temple as a part of a day trip to Kurama, Kibune, and Ohara with a one day pass:

 

 

Ohara onsen

Ohara can make for an easy day trip from Kyoto as it’s easy to access by public transportation.

But if you’re looking for a bit of a unique experience when you’re in Japan, you may also consider staying a night in the quiet village of Ohara.

The accommodation options are limited, but one of your options is to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan or minshuku, which can give you feeling like it’s a traditional Japanese stay.

Staying at the Ohara onsen isn’t as popular as the Kumara onsen, but there’s still a good chance that you will love the experience.

Put in “Ohara minshuku” below (partner website) along with your travel dates (or any future date) to see more about this place!

 



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And now…

Here’s what a visit to Sanzen-in Temple might look like!

 

Read about the history of the Sanzen-in Temple before you go!

 

Kyoto station to Sanzen-in Temple

To get to Sanzen-in Temple, you’ll first make your way to the Ohara bus station.

Being on the outskirts of Kyoto means that it does take some time to get to Ohara.

When you include waiting time and time in transit, it might take you 1-1.5 hours to get from Kyoto station to Ohara.

Consult Google Maps for the best way to get to the Ohara bus station from where you’re staying.

It will likely include a bus transfer.

See tips for getting around Kyoto by bus (even without a bus pass).

 

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village. Kyoto station to ohara bus. Backpacking Japan

 

Arrive at Ohara bus station!

 

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village. how to get to ohara bus station from kyoto station. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Walk from Ohara bus station to Sanzen-in Temple

Once you arrive at the Ohara bus station, you can once again consult Google Maps for how to get to the temple.

You’ll also likely see signs that will point you in the direction of the temple.

This will be about a 15 minute walk.

 

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Vending machines on walk from Ohara bus station to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Village street on walk from Ohara bus station to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Village street on walk from Ohara bus station to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Sign road to temple. Village street on walk from Ohara bus station to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Village street on walk from Ohara bus station to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Village street on walk from Ohara bus station to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Rural village roads and mountains on walk to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Near temple entry on walk to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Mountain views of rural village on walk to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Mountain views of rural village on walk to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

 

 

And you’ll start to see evidence that you’re getting closer to Sanzen-in Temple!

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Stairs near temple entry on walk to sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. Restaurants in Ohara near sanzenin temple. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. sanzenin temple entry. Backpacking Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. near sanzenin temple entry. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Sanzen-in Temple ticket

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara village, Kyoto. sanzenin temple entry ticket. Backpacking Japan

 

And then you’ll make it to the entry!

The cost of the ticket for entry to Sanzen-in Temple grounds is 700 yen (US$6).

This actually it on the expensive side when it comes to paid temple entry when compared to other top temples in Kyoto.

 

 

Sanzen-in Temple grounds

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. Sanzenin Temple grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. Japanese gardens at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. Japanese garden with bird at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. Sanzenin Temple grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. statue at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. moss on Sanzenin Temple grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. statue in moss at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. moss on Sanzenin Temple grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. walking path at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. statue at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. statues in moss at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. statue in moss at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. stone walking path at Sanzenin Temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. Sanzenin Temple grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara, Kyoto. Sanzenin Temple grounds. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Sanzen-in Temple, Ohara to Kyoto station. Backpacking Japan

 

HAPPY SANZEN-IN TEMPLE VISIT!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Sanzen-in Temple!

 

 



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Hotels in Kyoto
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For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.

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The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

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