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Reikanji Temple

A nun-monzeki temple known as the temple of camellia [Reikan-ji].

Founded in 1654, this temple of the Nanzenji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism is a nun monzeki temple founded by Tari-no-Miya, an imperial princess of Emperor Go-Suio, who has been the abbess of the temple for generations. The temple is also known as a "temple of camellia" because of the 400-year-old "Nikko Camellia", "Cold Camellia", "Wabisuke Camellia", and "White Peony Camellia" that Emperor Go-Suio loved bloom in the large pond garden from season to season. The temple is usually closed to the public, but is open to the public twice a year, in spring and fall, when the grounds are decorated with azaleas and camellias in spring and Japanese maples and maple trees in fall.
In addition to the "Four Seasons, Flowers, and Birds" barrier said to have been created by the Kano school in the shoin, and the statue of Nyoirin Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) in the main hall, the temple also houses Imperial Palace dolls, picture karuta, and other temple treasures related to the Imperial Household. (The main hall of the temple houses a statue of Nyoirin Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy).

Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to see autumn leaves / Usually mid-November to late November
    Autumn Special Viewing - Beautiful garden with green and red autumn leaves and sliding door paintings by Kano School are open to the public.
    Period of visitation / November 18 (Sat.) to 30 (Thu.), 2023
    Visiting hours/10:00-16:30 (Last entry/16:00)
    Admission: Garden, Shoin, and Main Hall: Adults: 800 yen, Elementary school students: 400 yen

Reikanji Temple

  • kanji used for sound equivalence
  • 12 Goshonodan-cho, Shikagaya, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 min. walk from bus stop "Kami-miyanomae-cho".
    5 min. walk from Kinrin Shako-mae bus stop.
  • Tel. 075-771-4040
  • No parking
  • https://www.instagram.com/reikanjimonzeki/
*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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