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Reikan-ji Temple Special Autumn Opening

Autumn Leaves at the Monzeki Temple "Imperial Palace of the Valley," where Successive Generations of Imperial Princesses Lived as Abbesses

Reikan-ji is a monzeki temple (headed by a member of the Japanese imperial family), known as the “Imperial Palace of the Valley,” because it was headed by generations of imperial princesses who served as abbesses. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the elegant lifestyle led by these royal abbesses in the dolls and other treasures left here in the temple. In the palace study of 17th century Emperor Go-Sai, moved and reconstructed here, room partitions are decorated with magnificent paintings, including pieces like "Shikikacho-zu (Flowers & Birds of the Four Seasons)" said to be made by the famous Kano school. A statue of the bodhisattva Kannon is enshrined in the main hall of the temple, a donation from Tokugawa Ienari, the 11th shogun of the Edo Shogunate. In the beautiful garden that extends to the nearby foothills, the brightly colored autumn leaves make for an extraordinary sight, not least part of which is a Takao maple tree over 350 years old.

Date & Time

November 16 (Sat) - December 1 (Sun), 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Reception closes at 4:00 p.m.)


・From Kyoto Station, take City Bus 5 to "Shinnyodo-mae (Shinnyodo Temple)" or "Kinrin Shako-mae" bus stops and walk 7 minutes; or take City Bus 100 to "Miyanomaecho" bus stop and walk 5 minutes
・From Keihan Jingu Marutamachi Station take City Bus 93 or 204 to "Shinnyodo-mae (Shinnyodo Temple)" or "Kinrin Shako-mae" bus stops and walk 7 minutes
・From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station take City Bus 32 to "Kamimiyanomaecho" bus stop and walk 3 minutes; or take City Bus 203 to "Shinnyodo-mae (Shinnyodo Temple)" or "Kinrin Shako-mae" bus stops and walk 7 minutes


Adults 600 yen / Elementary School-aged Children 300 yen


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