Jorinji Temple in Kyoto
Jorinji Temple in Kyoto
Entrance Gate, Jorinji Temple in Kyoto
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Facts & Figures
Jorin-ji Temple, also known as Komyozan Sesshuin Jorin-ji, is a small Buddhist temple of the Jodo (Pure Land) sect in Kyoto. The temple is also known as the Bush Clover Temple. Come here in early autumn and enjoy the blossoming of the red and white bush clover flowers (Hagi). The inside of the Jorin-ji Temple building is not open to the public, but you can still walk around the garden.
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- Admission Fee - free
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In 1573 Jorin-ji Temple was built by the priest Rodo, a Nenbutsu Senju priest. Unfortunately the temple was completely destroyed through the Great Teramachi Fire of 1671. Later the temple was relocated to its current site. In 1698 Eiyo reconstructed the Main Hall, which you can see today. The statesman and naval engineer Katsu Kaishu (1823 - 1899) used this place as a residence during his time in Kyoto. The famous samurai Nakaoka Shintaro (1838 - 1867) and Sakamoto Ryoma (1836 - 1867) visited very often Katsu Kaishu and used the Main hall for their stay.
How to get to Jorin-ji Temple?
- 23min from Kyoto Station by bus 205 to Aoibashi Nishizume bus stop and
- 4min walk from Aoibashi Nishizume bus stop to Jorin-ji Temple
Sightseeing spots at the temple grounds
Jizo statue - Also known as Yotsugi Kosodate Jizoson - the guardian deity for pregnancy and childcare. The statue is dating back to 1854.
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).
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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