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Temple road photographed by: Mizuno Hidehiko

Joju-ji Temple Autumn Special Opening

The Rakusai Area's Obaku Architecture and a Temple Road with Autumn Foliage

Located near the “Moss Temple” Koke-dera, Suzumushi-dera Temple, and the “Bamboo Temple” Jizo-in, the large stone steps that line the path to Hamuro-san Joju-ji Temple are tinted beautifully by the leaves in autumn. Joju-ji is an ancient temple, built by order of the Saga Emperor, and was first opened in 810, after which it prospered as the family temple of the Imperial Court. The main hall, constructed during the Edo Period (1603-1868), and the mortuary chapel, Founder’s Hall, and pagoda behind it stand in a row along the steps, constructed in a Chinese-style unique to the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism.
Within the “hojo” hall, which is said to have been reconstructed from the early childhood residence of the 4th daimyo of the Sendai Domain, Date Tsunamura, evidence still remains of the famous “Date Disturbance,” a period of strife over succession rights in the Date line. During this period, there was a threat to the young Tsunamura’s life, and a hidden space for a guard still remains in the wall of an alcove in the building. Other points of interest at the temple include the garden with a pond dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868), a partitioning screen of a dragon painted by Kano Eigaku, and more.

Date & Time

Novemebr 23 (Sat, national holiday) - December 8 (Sun), 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Reception closes at 4:00 p.m.)


・From Hankyu Kami-Katsura Station, walk 10 minutes
[Access to Kami-Katsura Station: From Kyoto Station, take the Subway Karasuma Line to Shijo Station, then change trains to Hankyu Railway and ride to Katsura Station (change trains) / From Keihan Gion Shijo Station walk 5 minutes; from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station, ride to Katsura Station and change trains]
・From Kyoto Station, take the Subway Karasuma Line to Shijo Station (change to bus), and from "Shijo Karasuma" bus stop take City Bus 29 to "Matsuo Dairicho" bus stop and walk 7 minutes
・From Kyoto Station, take Kyoto Bus 73 to "Koke-dera/Suzumushi-dera" bus stop and walk 5 minutes
・From Keihan Sanjo Station, take Kyoto Bus 63 to "Koke-dera/Suzumushi-dera" bus stop and walk 5 minutes


Adults 600 yen / Elementary School-aged Children 300 yen


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