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Sennyu-ji Temple Unryu-in <Winter Travels in Kyoto Campaign>

A Temple with Strong Connections with the Imperial Household Enshrining The “Running” God of Wealth

Sennyu-ji Temple’s Unryu-in, was an independent head temple of the Shingon Sect’s Sennyuji School of Buddhism founded in 1372, at the request of Emperor Gokogen. This temple has strong ties with the Imperial Family and on its grounds stands the Reimei-den Hall, which houses mortuary tablets of members of the imperial household, and the Main Hall, called “Ryugeden,” which is famous for the practice of transcribing sutras, as it is where tools used to transcribe sutras donated by Emperor Gomizuno’o are stored (reign: 1611-1629). The Main Hall, will be open specially so visitors can see an intense painting of a pair of dragons along with “Fujin” and “Raijin,” the gods of wind and thunder respectively. This painting was produced by Dono Musui a famous ink painter. Other highlights include the Shoin, where you will find the round “window to enlightenment,” the square “window of illusionment,” and a rare image of the god of wealth, Daikokuten, depicted running in a pair of straw sandals. Special treasures are also on display, including the “nine-stars” (Kuyosei) that make up the principle image of the temple and a portrait of Emperor Go-komatsu.

<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 10th, 2020 – March 18th , 2020
10:00 - 17:30 *Last Admission : 16:30
*Closed on January 12th , January 13th , and Februrary 18th


Sennyu-ji Temple Unryu-in


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: 600JPY / Children aged 6 – 12: 300JPY


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


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