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Autumn leaves of Bishamondo

Appreciate autumn leaves and old trick art at [Bishamondo] in Yamashina

Its predecessor was Izumo-ji Temple, which was built north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace in 703 (Taiho 3), at the request of Emperor Tenmu. Repeatedly burned down and relocated due to repeated wars, it was moved to Yamashina in 1665 (Kanbun 5). It has a long history as a monzeki temple where the Cloistered Imperial Prince serves as the head priest.

1.The charm of Bishamondo

The principal object of worship is the statue of Bishamonten, a hidden Buddha. In the Reiden and Shinden, the paintings change as the viewer moves, such as the "Ceiling Dragon" that catches the eye from any angle, the fusuma painting "Kuro no Zu" by Masunobu Kano, and the "Wood Door Screen" by Okyo Maruyama. Appreciate old contemporary art that looks like In addition, seasonal stamps with colorful stamps are also fun, with hydrangeas in June and Tanabata decorations in July.
The sight of Chokushizaka turning red in autumn is a masterpiece. At the end of the slope you can see the imperial messenger gate, which was given by Emperor Gosai and was completely relocated in 1693 (Genroku 6).

Main hall of Bishamondo

2.Just fixed! Cypress bark-roofed imperial gate and maple floor

Imperial messenger gate relocated from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is a gate for messengers called emperors and imperial messengers, and is not open to the general public. Let's observe the cypress bark roof that was just repaired in January 2020.


The sight of Chokushizaka turning red in autumn is a masterpiece. At the end of the slope is the Imperial Envoy Gate, which was given by Emperor Gosai and was completely relocated in 1693.

Autumn leaves of Bishamondo

3.The Niomon Gate that watches over the Yamashina area

As you walk up the approach, you will see the Niomon Gate, which is the front gate to the main hall, which is protected by the two statues of Aun. I have watched over the Yamashina area, which spreads beyond the large lanterns, and the activities of the people who live there.




Deva Gate

4.Benzaiten on a vermilion hill that appears beyond the torii gate

Benzaiten is said to have been enshrined in Osaka Castle and Kodaiji Temple by Omandokoro, the mother of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In summer, the contrast between the blue maple leaves and the vermilion Benzaiten on the hill is attractive. It's also a must-see when the autumn leaves look like they're on fire.

Autumn leaves of Bishamondo

5.Is Shinden's "Torimazu no Ma" an Ikezu no Ma?

The correct combination is a bush warbler on plum blossoms and a sparrow on bamboo. However, the combination of birds and trees in this room, which depicts a mountain crow on a plum tree and a striped chickadee on a bamboo tree, is not as the theory goes. Please visit and think about the "mystery" of this room.


Filmed with special permission

6.Get in touch with fresh greenery at Bansuien, a circuit-style garden

A circuit-style garden in which the garden, which was created in the early Edo period by drawing water from the valley river, and the new buildings, such as the Benten-do hall, which was built after the Meiji period, are connected by maple trees and azaleas. Find your favorite scenery.


Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to see/usually mid-November to early December
    Visiting hours/Admission fee: Same as regular visit


  • bishamondo
  • 18 Anjuiro Inariyamacho, Yamashina Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 21 minutes walk from JR Yamashina Station
  • Tel.075-581-0328
  • 10 parking lots
  • http://bishamon.or.jp/

  • [Normal visit]
    Entry time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (gate closes at 5:00 p.m.)
    *Winter (December 1st to the end of February) 9:00 to 16:00 (gates close at 16:30)
    Admission fee/500 yen

    PHOTO / Emi Masuda, Katsuyuki Hatanaka
    TEXT / Riho Tachihara
*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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