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Introducing the highlights of Sennyu-ji, a temple that offers prayers for peace with successive emperors

This is the only temple in Japan where the mausoleums of 39 emperors and imperial princes are enshrined, including the tombs of the 14th emperor since Emperor Shijo.
It has a very deep connection with the imperial family, and it is said that he still takes a break at the Gozasho when he visits. The name Sennyu-ji Temple comes from the fact that the spring water flowed when Tsukirin Daishi built it in 1218 (Kenpo 6). The majestic descending approach from the main gate is like the beginning of your own time to regain the tranquility of your mind.
In addition, the 'Dainirvana painting' in its collection is said to be one of the three major paintings of the nirvana in Kyoto, along with those at Honpo-ji Temple and Tofukuji Temple.

1.Face-to-face with the most beautiful Yokihi Kannon

The temple of Yokihi Kannon appears on the left after passing through the main gate. Since it was a secret Buddha that was only open to the public once every 100 years until 1955, the intricately crafted coronet and the plump and calm expression have preserved the beauty of a wooden statue from the Kamakura period. People from all over the country who wish to be beautiful on the inside and the outside come to join hands quietly in hopes of being beautiful on the outside and on the inside.

Sennyu-ji Temple

2.A life-size panel of the tiles of successive emperors

At the Shinshoden Treasure Hall, you can see ancient documents, scriptures, and articles related to the imperial family that have been handed down in the temple, which has a history of about 800 years since its foundation.
One of the most unique features is the display of life-size panels of honor tiles. The tiles of successive emperors are kept inside the Reimei-den Hall, which is not open to the public, and it is not possible to see the real thing. Therefore, it seems that it was created so that you can feel the inside even a little.

Sennyu-ji Temple
Sennyu-ji Temple

3.A Buddhist temple guarded by demons watching from the roof

The Buddhist temple was rebuilt in 1668 by Tokugawa Ietsuna, the fourth shogun, after it was destroyed during the Onin War.

Sennyu-ji Temple

In the inner sanctuary, three Buddhas, Amida Nyorai (present), Shaka Nyorai (past), and Miroku Nyorai (future), which are said to have been created by Unkei, are enshrined, and on the ceiling is a magnificent painting of a cloud and a dragon drawn by Tanyu Kano.

Sennyu-ji Temple

When you go outside, don't forget to look up at the roof because there is a certain point where the eyes of the onigawara light up.

Sennyu-ji Temple

4.Autumn special opening to see Reimei-den

Reimei-den is the common name for the place where the tiles of successive emperors are held. The existing one was rebuilt in 1884 (Meiji 17) by order of Emperor Meiji.

Sennyu-ji Temple

The exterior can be viewed from the Karamon gate decorated with the chrysanthemum crest. Normally, only the exterior is closed to the general public, but during the special opening from November 6th to 26th, you can see how it is divided into the inner, middle, and outer sanctuaries.

5.Don't miss the special goshuin and hospitality!

From October 1, 2022 (Saturday), cutout type goshuin will be on sale. In addition, private premium viewing (except October and November), where you can leisurely walk around the grounds with a monk and experience Ajikan or sutra copying, is popular, so please check it out.

Sennyu-ji Temple

6.Admire the furnishings of the Gozasho and the autumn foliage in the garden

In 1884 (Meiji 17), the Misato Palace was relocated from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. There are eight rooms, including a court lady's room and an imperial envoy's room, and the throne room is still used as a resting room when members of the imperial family visit.

Sennyu-ji Temple

The tablecloth in the envoy room is a valuable item made by the Empress of Emperor Taisho. In addition, in the garden that spreads out in front of the space, you can appreciate the gorgeously colored autumn leaves at an early timing in Kyoto city.

Sennyu-ji Temple

Sennyu-ji Temple

  • Sennyuji
  • 27 Sannaicho, Sennyuji, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 15-minute walk from Sennyuji-michi bus stop
    20 minutes walk from JR Tofukuji Station
  • Tel.075-561-1551
  • 20 parking lots
  • https://mitera.org/

  • [Normal visit]
    Visiting hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last admission: 16:30) *Open until 16:00 from December to February
    Admission fee/500 yen *300 yen for the garden, Gozasho, and Kaikaido (separate admission fee required)

    PHOTO/Taka Natsumi, 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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