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  • Kuri Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • Kuri Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • Entrance Gate Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • Entrance Gate Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • Kara-mon Gate Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • Kara-mon Gate Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • OO-Genkan Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • OO-Genkan Myoho-in Temple In Kyoto

  • Hondo Fugen-do (Main Hall) Myoho-in Temple

  • Hondo Fugen-do (Main Hall) Myoho-in Temple

  • Shinden Myoho-in Temple

  • Shinden Myoho-in Temple

  • Monk At Myoho-in Temple Grounds

  • Seven Noblemen Monument Myoho-in Temple

  • Pond At Myoho-in Temple Grounds

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Facts & Figures

Myoho-in is a Buddhist temple and belongs to the Tendai Sect. After entering the temple grounds through the huge gate you will see a building called Kuri (Priest´s Quarter). It is a large wooden structure hosting the kitchen and offices of the Myoho-in Monzeki temple and belongs to the list of National Treasures in Japan. The Japanese artwork on sliding doors is an amazing sight. The drawing styles are known as Dai-shoin and Dai-genkan. These styles were developed by the art school of Kano. Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
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Unfortunately most of the time the temple facilities and the famous garden are not open for the public. Interesting to know that in the past the head priests of Myoho-in were traditionally members of the Imperial family. The monks at Myoho-in are also responsible for the operations of Sanjusangen-do.

  • Myoho-in Temple:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (most of the places are only open to the public in Spring and Autumn)
  • Admission Fee - 800 yen (Adults)


Myoho-in was established in 1158 as an Monzeki temple of the Tendai sect. The word Monzeki stands for Japanese Buddhist priests of imperial lineage. In 1595 famous daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536 - 1598) constructed the priest´s quarter (Kuri) at the temple grounds. Myoho-in served also for a short period as the Imperial palace after the original was destroyed by fire.

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Myoho-in is located within the Higashiyama Ward near Sanjusangen-do Temple and Kyoto National Museum.
Address: 447 Myoho-in Maekawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Myoho-in?

  • 10min from Kyoto Station to Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangen-do-Mae stop by bus nr. 100, 206 and 208 and
  • 10min walk from Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangen-do-Mae stop to Myoho-in Temple

Sightseeing spots


Kuri - The priest´s quarter is a National Treasure of Japan and dates back to the Momoyama period in 1595.

OO-Genkan - Is the grand black and white entrance gate to the temple.

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.


Aoba Matsuri (Green Leaf Festival) at Chishaku-in (15th)
The festival is an ancient ritual of followers of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, which are called Yamabushi. They participate in a series of ceremonies like celebrating the birth of founder Kobo-Daishi (744 - 835).


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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