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Rokuo-in Temple

Introducing the highlights of Saga's [Rokuo-in] where you can wash your mind with dry landscapes and Buddhist statues

The founding pagoda of Hodoji Temple, which was built by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga in 1379, is the origin of the temple. Hodo-ji Temple was abolished during the Onin War, but Rokuo-in Temple is said to be the only remaining temple. The principal image of Shaka Nyorai and the ten major disciples have been handed down since the time of its foundation. Among them, the ten major disciples with vivid colors are said to have been made by Unkei.

1.The charm of Rokuo-in

The approach that extends straight after passing through the temple gate is a highlight of the autumn leaves. You can walk through a tunnel of natural beauty, with branches spreading out on both sides of the elegant stone-paved approach to the shrine.
In front of the Kyakuden is a beautiful moss-covered karesansui (dry landscape) garden with a view of the gently sloping ridge of Mt. In mid-June, white flowers of sakura trees bloom. Restoration work on the Shariden Hall, which enshrines the Buddha's tusk statue that Minamoto no Jitsucho brought from the Sung Dynasty, began in January 2020 and will be completed in October 2023, marking its first unveiling in about three years (the hall is open every year on October 15).

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2.The approach to the shrine where you are greeted by beautiful maple trees

Once you pass through the temple gate, the straight approach to the shrine is a spot where you can enjoy green maple trees in early summer and colored leaves in autumn. You can walk through a tunnel of natural beauty, with branches spreading out on both sides of the elegant stone-paved approach to the shrine.

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Blue maple in early summer

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autumn leaves

3.A bamboo grove with a cool breeze will open to the public for the first time in 2021

In 2021, the native bamboo grove on the west side of the approach will be opened to the public for the first time, and visitors will be able to stroll through it. This year, the path has been renewed with new stones placed on both sides, allowing visitors to stroll through it during the illumination.

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4.Arashiyama admires gardens with borrowed scenery and fusuma paintings

The dry landscape garden with Arashiyama in the background, which can be seen from the reception hall rebuilt in the Meiji period, is a must-see. The interior of the reception hall is decorated with fusuma paintings with the theme of oak leaf veins completed in April 2020, which is also a must-see.

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*Photographed with special permission

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5.Numerous historical and valuable Buddhist statues are enshrined

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Filmed with special permission

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The statue of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, whose eyes seem to move when you look into them. *Photographed with special permission.

The Shodo, which serves as both the Kaisando and the main hall, is usually open to the public, and visitors can see the statue of Shaka Nyorai, the principal image of Buddha from the Muromachi period, the statue of Ten Great Disciples from the Kamakura period, which is said to have been made by Unkei, and the statue of Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the founder of the temple. In the hall, there is also an old map of the Saga area from the first half of the 15th century, Oei Junmeizu.

6.Powerful pines add flavor to the garden

A 100-year-old red pine that shows a beautiful shape in the corner of the garden. It was planted by the previous chief priest, and is called "Guwanmatsu" at the temple. You can also see it from the corridor leading from the reception hall to Shodo.

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Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to visit: Late November to early December
    Special Evening Viewing
    Period of visitation: November 10 (Fri.) - December 17 (Sun.), 2023 *Closed on Mondays
    Hours: 17:30~20:00 (last admission at 19:30)
    Entrance fee: 2,500 yen (with tea and original Japanese confectionery) *On weekdays, Kyogen (Japanese comic storytelling) will be performed to entertain visitors.
    *Reservations must be made in advance.herefrom

Rokuo-in Temple

  • Rokuouin
  • 24 Sagakitahoricho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 6 minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-861-1645
  • 7 days a week
  • No parking
  • https://rokuouin.com

  • [Normal visit]
    Visiting hours/9:00-17:00
    Admission fee/400 yen

    PHOTO/Taka Natsumi, Katsuyuki Hatanaka TEXT/Eiko Itakura
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.

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