Dendo-in in Kyoto
Facts & Figures
Dendo-in is a unique brick building from the early Taisho-era (1912 - 1926). It belongs to the Honganji Temple. Kyoto gave this building the status of an Designated Cultural Asset. The outstanding feature is the roof shaped like a mosque.
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Ryokans are the perfect way to discover old Japanese culture and traditions. In the old days Dendo-in was used as an office for the Shinshu Shinto Life Insurance (owned by Hongwanji sect). At the moment you will find there an admission free exhibition space of the Honganji Temple and meeting rooms for seminars.
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Dendo-in was built in 1912. The well-known Japanese architect and professor Ito Chuta (1867 - 1954) was responsible for the design.
Dendo-in is located north of Kyoto Station and near Nishi Honganji Temple.
Address: Momijicho, Shomogyo-ku, 600-8345 Kyoto
How to get to Dendo-in?
- 7min walk from Kyoto Station to Dendo-in
Statues - Check out the stone statues of mythical animals at the entrance.
Festival & Events in Kyoto (dates can change without notice)
Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).
Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.
Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).
Obon Festival at Higashi Honganji Temple (30th - 31st)
The annual summer Obon Festival honors the spirit of our ancestors. You can enjoy there tea ceremony demonstrations, games, flower market, delicious food, Bon Odori Dancing and much more.
Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.
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