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Shojiji Temple

Introducing the highlights of [Shojiji], which is known as the place where Saigyo Hoshi entered the priesthood!

A temple of the Tendai sect, which is said to have been built in 679 (Tenmu 8) by En no Osumi under the imperial order of Emperor Tenmu, and rebuilt in 791 (Enryaku 10) by Saicho under the imperial order of Emperor Kanmu. Yakushi Nyorai, a rare figure that picks up medicine with the right hand from the medicinal pot on the left hand, is enshrined in the Rurikoden as the principal image of worship. The principal image, as well as the statues of Yakushi Nyorai and Kongo Rikishi, which were discovered inside the principal image, have been designated as national important cultural properties. It is also known as the temple where Saigyo Hoshi, who is also known as a poetry monk, became a monk.

1.The precincts are decorated with about 100 cherry trees, including the Saigyo cherry tree planted by Saigyo.

There are about 100 cherry trees of various kinds, including the Saigyo-zakura, which is said to have been named after the poet Saigyo-hoshi, who sang, "If you don't get used to the flowers, you'll be sad." Every year in early April, you can admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom. There are as many autumn leaves as there are cherry blossoms, so the autumn leaves are beautiful in late autumn, and you can enjoy the scenery of each season.

Shojiji Temple
Shojiji Temple

2.A stone that stood close to Saigyo Hoshi's ordination

Saigyo-hoshi, who is said to have entered the priesthood at this temple, is said to have used this stone instead of a mirror to shave his head when he entered the priesthood. Let's think about how Saigyo Hoshi faced this stone and how he became a monk.

Kannon of Shojiji Temple

3.Beautiful Kannon with autumn leaves

Gyoran Kannon is enshrined in the depths of the pond adjacent to Fudodo. The autumn leaves in front of you and their appearance are beautiful. Gyoai Kannon is a Kannon that appears in Journey to the West, and it is said that there is a fish in a bamboo basket in his hand. It is worshiped mainly in areas where fishing is prosperous, and in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, there is a Gyoai Kannon that is as large as 50m.

4.He will always watch over you by your side! Amulet for recovery from illness

This autumn, amulets for fulfilling various wishes with the motif of the principal image will appear. It looks like it is plucking medicine from a medicine pot, and it is said that it is said to have the benefit of healing illness. It is a card type and can be put in a wallet or smartphone case, so you can always carry it with you. Great for yourself or as a gift.

Amulet of Shojiji Temple

5.As a proof of your visit and as a souvenir! Unique and beautiful goshuin

The goshuin as a proof of your visit and as a souvenir are also unique. You can get the “Kinshi Yakuhoin” (500 yen), which uses gold paper in the shape of a medicine pot, and the beautiful “Kirie Goshuin” (800 yen), which is a paper cutout of the principal image and autumn leaves. Goshuin and amulets can be given at the reception.

Shojiji temple paper-cutting goshuin

Cutout Goshuin

Autumn leaves season information

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

Shojiji Temple

  • shojiji
  • 1194 Oharano Kasugacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 20 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Minami Kasugacho"
    About 30 minutes by car from "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel.075-331-0601
  • 20 parking lots
  • http://www.shoujiji.jp/

  • [Normal visit]
    Visiting hours/9:30-16:00
    Admission fee/400 yen
*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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