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Tamagawa Temple

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Tamagawa-35 Haguromachi Tamagawa, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0121, Japan

Gyokusenji Temple in Tsuruoka City is hidden at the foot of some of the most sacred mountains in all of Japan, Mt. Haguro of The Dewa Sanzan.

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トラえもん 4 months ago

Tamagawa-dera is a Soto sect temple located in Tamagawa, Haguro-cho, Tsuruoka City. Gyokusen-dera Temple, located at the foot of the Dewa Sanzan, is said to have been founded by Zen Master Ryoren Homyo, a senior disciple of Zen Master Dogen, the founder of the Soto sect, over 700 years ago during the Kamakura period (1251). The current pond stroll garden was built during the Muromachi period and renovated during the Edo period, and has been designated as a national scenic spot. I was grateful to receive the Goshuin seal from Tamagawa-dera Temple.

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Eric Z 5 months ago

We are writing to express our heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome and exceptional hospitality we experienced at your temple. our time there, practicing Zen amidst the serene and beautiful surroundings, was truly meaningful. Thank you for providing such a nurturing environment for spiritual growth and amazing meals. we carry the lessons and moments of peace with us. hope to see you soon, take care and warm regards

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3 ucchan 8 months ago

At first I thought the admission fee was just for the garden, but I was able to see the garden from the large main hall. We could have gone down into the garden, but due to the heavy rain, we could only view from the main hall. They also offer matcha tea service (600 yen) and lunch service (3000 yen) if you apply at least 3 days in advance. I was lucky that I was able to take my time and watch it since it was a private show. It must be even more beautiful during the autumn leaves season.

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Tim Bunting (Kiwi Yamabushi) 2 years ago

Gyokusenji Temple at the base of Mt. Haguro is simply the best spot for a cup of green tea in Shonai, or perhaps even Tohoku. The 400-year old national heritage gardens of Gyokusenji are the perfect backdrop to meditate or simply take in the Zen. Well worth the visit.

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Tama Gocchi 8 years ago

Gyokusenji Zen Temple with famous Japanese garden. Open hours: 9am-5pm for Apr-Oct 9am-4pm for Nov-Mar Cost: 400JPY for adult, 200JPY for children