Yogen-in Temple in Kyoto

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  • Yogen-in Temple in Kyoto

    Yogen-in Temple in Kyoto

  • Yogen-in Temple Entrance Gate in Kyoto

    Yogen-in Temple Entrance Gate in Kyoto

  • Yogen-in Temple Gate in Kyoto

    Yogen-in Temple Gate in Kyoto

  • Yogen-in Temple Pathway to Kuri

    Yogen-in Temple Pathway to Kuri

  • Yogen-in Temple Pathway to Kuri

    Yogen-in Temple Pathway to Kuri

  • Yogen-in Temple Belfry

    Yogen-in Temple Belfry

  • Yogen-in Temple Garden Entrance

    Yogen-in Temple Garden Entrance

  • Yogen-in Temple Memorial

    Yogen-in Temple Memorial

  • Yogen-in Temple Garden

    Yogen-in Temple Garden

  • Yogen-in Temple Stone Torii

    Yogen-in Temple Stone Torii

  • Yogen-in Temple Small Shrine

    Yogen-in Temple Small Shrine

  • Yogen-in Temple Garden

    Yogen-in Temple Garden

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The Yogen-in Temple, a Jodo Shinshu Kengo-in Buddhist temple in Kyoto, is famous for its main hall and the so-called blood ceiling. It is the blood of Mototada Ioni and other samurai warriors, who committed suicide at the end of an 11-day siege on the floor of Fushimi Castle in 1600. The remains of the castle floor were sent to 5 different temples in Kyoto (Genkoan Temple, Shoden-ji Temple, Hosen-in Temple, Myoshin-ji, and Yogen-in). Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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Yogen-in was one of them. Do not miss the beautiful drawings of giraffes, Chinese lions, and white elephants on the doors, made of Japanese cedar, and fusuma (traditional sliding doors) by artist Sotatsu Tawaraya (c. 1570 – c. 1640). The temple's screen paintings have the status of Important Cultural Properties. These drawings made a long-lasting impression and can be found now in art education textbooks for Japanese students. Unfortunately, there were no pictures allowed inside the building.

  • Yogen-in Temple:
  • Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Admission Fee - 500 yen (Adults), 300 yen (Children)

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In 1594 Yogen-in Temple was established by Yodo-dono, concubine of shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1536 - 1598), for the memorial service for her father Nagamasa Asai. The Buddhist name of Nagamasa was Yogen-in and this name was later used for the temple. A cousin of Nagamasa, Hoin Suhaku, was then designated as the founder of Yogen-in. After a huge fire, the temple was reconstructed in 1621 by Sugen-in, the second wife of shogun Hidetada Tokugawa (1579 - 1632) and the younger sister of Yodo-dono. The remains of Fushimi Castle were relocated and used for the reconstruction process. Since 1621 Yogen-in was owned by the Tokugawa Family and the memorial tablets of successive shoguns are enshrined here.


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Yogen-in is located in the Higashiyama district in Kyoto near the entrance of Sanjusangen-do.
Address: 656 Sanjusangendo-mawari-cho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto 605-0941

How to get to Yogen-in Temple?

  • 20min walk from Kyoto Station or
  • 10min from Kyoto Station to Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangen-do-Mae stop by bus nr. 100, 206 and 208

Sightseeing spots


Blood stained ceiling - The remains of this tragedy in 1600 are still visible.

Festival & Events (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 the Imperial Palace through the 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 as the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

Arashiyama Mifune Matsuri (third Sunday of May)
The first part is held at the Kuramazaki Shrine. Later a procession is leading to the Oi River, where more ceremonies and traditional dances (Funa Asobi) are held. The Arashiyama Mifune Matsuri started in 1914.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month of 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 lasts around 2 hours. Illumination event at Kodai-ji (end of October - beginning of December)

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