Category     Temple

3 Words       Serene | Buddhism | Wood

Price            £

Area             Higashiyama-ku

Address       657 Sanjūsangendomawari,
                    Kyoto 605-0941 MAP

Nearest        Shichijo Station
Station         6 mins walk West

Opening       09:00 - 16:00 Nov - Mar
Hours           08:00 - 17:00 Apr - Nov

Duration       0.5 - 1 Hours

Links            Website

An incredible historical temple with the feel of serenity, with pine trees and stones placed in a Japanese rock garden style at the courtyard, all very wabi-sabi and elegant. There is a small well at the courtyard that comes with a beautifully poetic name called “Night Weeping Spring”, it comes from the sounds of the water being similar to a person's soft cries at night.

Inside the temple photos are not allowed, the treasury of the temple is the one thousand standing Kannon statues, one of the most impressive assemblies of statues worldwide. One hundred and twenty-four of these dates from the temple's founding in 1164. These statues were saved from the fire which claimed the original temple in 1249. The remaining statues were rebuilt for the temple in the 13th century. It’s a very mind-cleaning national treasure for people who respect the beauty of Buddhism and appreciate taking a moment for an inner peace.

Photographs by | Xinxin Wen
Words by | Xinxin Wen




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