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Koetsuji Temple

A scenic spot in Takagamine where an art village was built in the Edo period [Koetsuji]

Koetsu-ji Temple is said to have started in 1615, the early Edo period, when Koetsu Honami built a thatched hut on this land given by Ieyasu Tokugawa. Koetsu, a man of culture and the founder of the Rinpa school, moved with his family and art comrades to build an art village, and it is said that many works of art were born here. The temple was built after Koetsu's death.

1.The charm of Koetsuji

The precincts are surrounded by plants that grow naturally, and it is also famous as a beautiful spot for the fresh greenery in early summer and the autumn foliage in autumn. There are seven tea rooms with different tastes in the garden with the Takamine Sanzan as a borrowed scenery. It is said that not only Koetsu but also Tawaraya Sotatsu and Ogata Korin viewed the scenery from the hill.

Koetsuji Temple

2.A grand panorama overlooking Takagamine

Koetsuji Temple
Koetsuji Temple

Koetsuji Temple is located 160m above sea level, almost the same height as Kyoto Tower. From the observatory, you can enjoy a superb view of the Takagamine, Washigamine, and Amagamine mountains, which are the three peaks of Mt.

Koetsuji Temple

In autumn, the trees change color and make you happy.

3.Pay attention to Koetsugaki, which has a unique shape

Koetsuji Temple

Koetsu-gaki is a bamboo fence that surrounds the tea room Daikyo-an. It is said that the technique of this bamboo fence, which is characterized by its diamond shape, is derived from the weaving of gabions. It is said that it was named because Koetsu liked it, and it is a design that can be seen in various places now.

4.The seven tea rooms scattered about are full of charm

Koetsuji Temple

There are seven tea rooms in the precincts, including Daikyoan, which is said to be where Koetsu spent his later years, and Sanbatei, which is said to have the meaning of the past, present, and future. All of them were built after the Taisho period, and show a tasteful appearance that harmonizes with the nature of the precincts.

5.Quiet location with pleasant sounds of nature

Koetsuji Temple

Takagamine, where Koetsu-ji Temple stands, is the entrance to the mackerel highway that leads to the former Tanba Province and Wakasa Province. Surrounded by mountains, the murmuring of the Kamiya River, the headwaters of the Katsura River, which flows through the valley, and the chirping of birds such as Japanese bush warblers gently echo in your ears.

6.I want to put my hands on Koetsu's grave

Koetsuji Temple

If you walk along the passage behind the tea room, Honamian, you will find Koetsu's tomb covered with trees. There is also a grave where the Honami family, including Koetsu's adopted son Kosuke and grandson Koho, are buried.

Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to visit/usually mid-November to late November *Closed November 10 (Fri.)-13 (Sun.)
    Visiting hours/8:30-17:00
    Admission fee/500 yen

Koetsuji Temple

  • kouetsuji
  • 29 Takagamine Koetsu-cho, Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 2-minute walk from the bus stop "Takamine Genkoan-mae"
  • Tel.075-491-1399
  • Closed from November 10th to 13th
  • 10 parking lots

  • [Normal visit]
    Visiting hours/8:00-17:00
    Admission fee/400 yen

    PHOTO / Takahiro Takami, 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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