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Sennyu-ji Temple - Reimeiden and the Imperial Chamber <Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>

”Mitera,” The Imperial Family’s Cemetery

Sennyu-ji Temple, the Imperial Family’s Cemetery, also known as “Mitera,” is the head temple of the Shingon Sect’s Sennyuji School of Buddhism. Magnificent halls such as the Buddha Hall (Important Cultural Property), and the “Yokihi Kannon” (Important Cultural Property) enshrined in the Kannon Hall are also known for their beauty. The specially opened Reimei-den is a Shinden-style building that was reconstructed in 1884, during the Meiji Era. Inside you will find the mortuary tablets of generations of past emperors. The Imperial Chamber, which was relocated from the Imperial Palace, is still used by the royal family as a place to rest. This facility is divided into six rooms including “the Imperial Family Room,” “the Court Lady Room,” and the “the Throne Room,” the last of which has walls decorated with a wall painting called “Kinkacho,” produced by imperial court painters of the Tosa School, during the Edo Period (1600 - 1868). Other highlights include the Kaie-do Hall, which houses the thirty images of the Buddha belonging to the imperial family, as well as a Chisen-style garden, known for the pond that sits at its center.

<Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>
Kyoto is well known for its natural splendor, including cherry blossoms and picturesque autumn foliage, but in order to promote Kyoto's more profound charms, like its cultural properties, and traditional culture and industries during the winter season, we are holding the “Kyo no Fuyu no Tabi” Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign. During this period, we hope to have visitors enjoy this side of the city and spend a relaxing time touring. This winter, spend a luxurious time in Kyoto.

*This event is a special openings of cultural heritages. (Not regularly open to the public)

Date & Time

January 18th, 2020 – March 18th , 2020
9:00 - 17:00 *Last Admission : 16:00
*Closed on January 29th and 30th


Sennyu-ji Temple - Reimeiden and the Imperial Chamber


13 minute walk from Sennyuji bus stop, Bus #208・88(operates on weekends only)
18 minute walk from Tofukuji Station, JR Nara Line.


Adults and Children 13 and over: 1,000JPY / Children aged 6 – 12: 500JPY


Kyoto City Tourism Association (Tel: +81-75-213-1717)


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