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KYOTO WINTER TOUR 2016

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KYOTO WINTER TOUR 2016
Rinzai Gigen, a Chinese monk, established Rinzai School which is one of the famous Buddhist sects in Japan. This year 2016 is the 1150th anniversary of his death. In commemoration of it, some of private architectures, paintings, and gardens of Rinzai Zen temples will be specially opened during the period of "Kyoto Winter Tour."





Kenninji Temple Kaisan-do


Shinnyoji Temple

< First Public Exhibition >

Shokokuji Temple Chotoku-in

< First Public Exhibition >

Shokokuji Temple Hatto, Hojo


Shokokuji Temple Yogen-in

< First Public Exhibition >

Daitokuji Temple Houshun-in

< Open to the public for the first time in 10 years >

Daitokuji Temple Honbo

< Open to the public for the first time in 19 years. >

Toji Temple Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)

★On-site English Guidance Available

Toji Temple Kanjo-in

< Open to the public for the first time in 8 years. >

Tofukuji Temple Sanmon


Tofukuji Temple Sokushu-in


Nanzenji Temple Tenju-an


Myoshinji Temple Gyokuho-in


Myoshinji Temple Tenkyu-in

< Open to the public for the first time in 12 years. >

Myoshinji Temple Reiun-in

< Open to the public for the first time in 39 years. >

Rokudochinnoji Temple





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Kenninji Temple Kaisan-do
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Built in 1202, Kenninji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto City. There are a number of temples in the precinct yard including Kaisan-do. It is normally not offered for public view. This is because it is a sanctum where Yosai's mausoleum is enshrined. Yosai (1141~1215) brought the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism from China to Japan and was the Kaisan (founding abbot) of Kenninji Temple. During Kyoto Winter Tour Kaisan-do is specially opened to the public.

Highlights
Kaisan-do (Founder's Hall)
Inside Kaisan-do there is a stone-made sanctuary to enshrine Yosai's sitting styled coffin. In the innermost part of the hall there are wooden statues of Yosai and Yoriie Minamoto, a military commander who was the Kaiki (founding patron) of Kenninji Temple.
Kyaku-den (Reception Hall)
In Kyaku-den (reception hall) next to Kaisan-do there are fusuma paintings of the 18~19th century depicting a dragon and a tiger, a crane and pine trees, and so on. In the moss garden old linden trees which Yosai is said to have planted grow thick.
Visitors can also enjoy the ceramic made statues of the sixteen arhats usually enshrined on the second floor of the gate in front of Kaisan-do. They were created one by one with the hands of sixteen different ceramic artists from the famous pottery districts, Kiyomizu-zaka and Gojo-zaka. Thus each has a distinctive appearance.

Access
Address
Komatsu-cho, Yamatooji-dori Shijo-sagaru, Higasihyama-ku Kyoto, 605-0811
Access
Take Keihan Railway from JR Nara Line "Tofukuji" to Keihan "Gion Shijo" and walk about 10 minutes.
Take City Bus #206 form JR Kyoto Station, get off at Higashiyama- Yasui Stop and walk about 5 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older), 300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Shinnyoji Temple
< First Public Exhibition >
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Shinnyoji was built in 1286 as one of the three sub-temples of the Shokoku-ji Temple outside the temple grounds along with the Rokuonji (known as Golden temple) and Jishoji (known as Silver temple) temples.

Highlights
Hatto (main hall)
Hatto is a Zen style building built in 1656. On the top of the mezzanine style Shumidan (a platform to place and enshrine Buddha in Buddhist alter) a statue of Shaka Nyorai wearing a crown donated from the palace of a retired Emperor is enshrined.
In the Kaisan-to (a burial ground) at the back of Hatto a statue of Kaisan (the founding abbot) of this temple, Bukko-kokushi is enshrined.
Kyakuden
In "Kyakuden" (hall for noble guests) there is an upper room called "Jyodan-no-ma" equal to approximately three Tatami mats in size where guests were invited to sit. The fusuma paintings inside the room are the works created by Zaichu Hara (1750-1837): "Seiko-zu" (a Chinese lake landscape), "Shikikaki-zu"(flowers of four seasons) and a painting of monkeys.
Hansobo Daigongen
Enshrined in the precinct is "Hansoboo Daigongen", Great Avatar said to offer blessings for fire prevention and maritime safety. It is open to the public only once a year in May.

Access
Address
61 Toujiin Kita-machi, Kita-ku Kyoto, 603-8346
Access
Take City Bus #26 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Tojiin Minami-cho" Stop and
walk about 8 minutes.
Take City Bus #50, #101, #205 f rom JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Kitano Hakubaicho" Stop and walk about 8 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older), 300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.





Shokokuji Temple Chotoku-in
< First Public Exhibition >
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Built during 1394~1428, Chotoku-in is one of the sub-temples of Shokoku-ji temple. It became the family temple of Yoshikazu Ashikaga, the fifth Shogun of Muromachi Shogunate and took its name after his posthumous Buddhist name.

Highlights
Hojo (a residence for the chief priest) and Fusuma paintings
Hojo was rebuilt in the early 19th century. The fusuma paintings of Hojo were painted around the same time: "Mizube tora zu" of a tiger at the waterside and "Hatou washi zu" of ferocious eagles are Suiboku-ga masterpieces of Renzan Kishi (1804-1859), a member of Kishi group, who was famous for his skill in depicting tigers. He was mostly active in Kyoto and participated in the production of wall painting of Kyoto Gosho (imperial palace in Kyoto).
Garden
On the south and west sides of Hojo, you find a garden covered by moss and deep woods. Moss on both sides of the entrance path is also splendid.

Access
Address
701 Shiokoku-ji Monzen-cho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto, 602-0898
Access
Take Subway Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station to "Imadegawa" station, get out from Exit #1 and walk about 7 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Shokokuji Temple Hatto, Hojo
< Hatto: Open to the public for the first time in 4 years. >
< Hojo: Open to the public for the first time in 10 years. >
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Shokoku-ji temple is the head temple of 13 sub-temples and other affiliated temples such as Rokuon-ji (known as Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion) and Jisho-ji (known as Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion) temples. It was founded in 1392 by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the third Shogun of Muromachi Shogunate, and flourished as a central Zen temple in the Muromachi period.

Highlights
Hatto (Lecture Hall)
Specially opened Hatto (an important cultural property) was built in 1605 and is the oldest example of existing Hatto architecture in Japan. At the center of Hatto there is a "Shumidan" (an altar used to place Buddha statues and other figures) in front of which monks preach about Buddhist teachings. A statue of Shakanyorai (Shaka Yamni) is enshrined in the innermost part while statues of Indian monk named Saint Dharma and some other Rinzai Sect founders are enshrined in the western part.
The painting on the ceiling is "Banryu-zu" created by Mitsunobu Kano (1565-1608). "Banryu" means "a coiling up dragon or the one still crouching before rising". In another name it is called "Naki Ryu (Roaring Dragon)" since it makes a vibrating sound like roaring from heaven when you clap your hands standing underneath the dragon. *Clap your hands at right spots, which are limited within Hatto, and hear the roaring of the dragon.
Hojo (a residence for the chief priest)
Built in 1807, Hojo has a central south room called "Shicchu-no-ma (inner room)" which houses a Fusuma painting by Zaichu Hara (1750-1837) called "Chugoku fudarasannno-zu" depicting a legendary island where Kannon (Bodhsattava) was believed in China to live.
Garden
On the south side of Hojo, there is a flat garden paved with white sand while, on the north side, there is a dry landscape garden with planted trees and a ditch likened to a river.

Access
Address
701 Shokokuji Monzen-cho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto, 602-0898
Access
Take Subway Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station to "Imadegawa" station, get out from Exit #1 and walk about 5 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
*The opening time is 11:30 on January 15 and February 15.
*Closed on February 25-28.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.





Shokokuji Temple Yogen-in
< First Public Exhibition >
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Relocated in 1845 to the present place, Yogen-in is one of the sub-temples of Shokokuji temple. Around the time of Meiji Restoration (1860s), it was turned to a field hospital for Satsuma samurais where a British doctor William Willis wassaid to perform a surgical operation with chloroform anesthesia for the first time in Japan. Sword cuts on pillars by Satsuma samurais in those days can still been seen.

Highlights
Statue of Bishamonten (Vaisravana; guardian deity of Buddhism)
Worshippers of the statue of Bishamonten are said to be blessed with good luck and victory. The statue was created by a group of sculptors of Buddhist statues called "Kei-ha (group of Kei)" from the end of the 12th century to the beginning of the 14th century (Kei-ha is well-known for the statue of Deva king at Todaiji Temple in Nara). The 170cm tall statue with a realistic expression of anger stands atop Jaki (evil spirits) who have agonized look being punished for their evil actions. Although it had been not known to exist for a long time, there is a record that it was searched for and discovered after a merchant of the 17th century had a revelation in a dream such that Bishamonten told him to repair and enshrine him.
Shoin (drawing room)
Shoin was relocated and reconstructed from the mansion of Konoe Family, one of the nobility of Japan. It has a beautiful pond garden. Though not much adorned, it was built with carefully selected good quality timbers.

Access
Address
701 Shokokuji Monzen-cho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto, 602-0898
Access
Take Subway Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station to "Imadegawa" station, get out from Exit #1 and walk about 4 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Daitokuji Temple Houshun-in
< Open to the public for the first time in 10 years. >
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This structure is one of the 22 sub-temples of Daitokuji Temple. It was founded in 1608 by Matsu, a wife of Toshiie Maeda, the feudal lord of Kaga (Ishikawa prefecture at present) and was named after her Buddhist name "Houshun-in." In 2016 there will be the 400th memorial service of Matsu's death.

Highlights
Hondo (Main Hall)
A statue of Matsu wearing a white hood along with that of Shaka Nyorai (Shakayamuni) is housed in Hondo.
Kagan-tei (garden)
The front garden "Kagan-tei" is a Karesansui (dry landscape) garden covered with white sands. It represents the view of water flowing out of mountains, into lakes and then into the ocean.
Donko-kaku
A two-story structure "Donkokaku" stands at the back of Hondo. It is one of the four great pavilions of Kyoto along with Kinkaku (Rokuonji Temple), Ginkaku (Jishoji Temple), and Hiunkaku (Nishi Honganji Temple). Though not offered for public view, the interior is where the memorial tablets of Maeda Family are kept. The pavilion was built by Enshu Kobori, a military commander and tea master who was also famous for his landscape gardening. Donkokaku together with a pond and bridge offers an integrated view of the garden.

Access
Address
Murasakino Daitokuji-cho, Kita-ku Kyoto, 603-8231
Access
Take City Bus #206 from JR Sagano line "Nijo" Station and get off at "Daitokuji mae" Stop.
Take Subway Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station to Kitaoji, take City Bus #1, #M1, #101, 102, 204, 205 or 206, get off at "Daitokuji mae" Stop and walk about 7 minutes.
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Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
*Closed on January 22 and 23.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for prescholers and infants.





Daitokuji Temple Honbo
< Open to the public for the first time in 19 years. >
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Daitokuji Temple has vast precinct with an avenue of pine trees. A few central temple buildings called "Hon-zan" are surrounded by 22 sub-temples. Founded by Daitou Kokushi (aka Shuhou Myoucho) in 1315, the temple flourished by gaining supports from military commanders such as Hideyoshi Toyotomi and tea masters such as Sen-no Rikyu.

Highlights
Hojo and Fusuma paintings
Specially opened Hojo is a large structure built in 1636 and it is designated as a national treasure. In general, Hojo is a residence for the chief priest and normally has six rooms. However, the one in this temple has eight rooms. The extra rooms are for enshrining the statue of the Kaisan (founding abbot) of Daitokuji, Daitou Kokushi.
The fusuma (sliding paper door) paintings in Hojo are masterpieces of a renowned painter Tanyu Kano (1602-1674) and are designated as an important cultural property. They consist of Suiboku-ga (black and white painting) such as "Sansuizu" (Landscape) and "Rogan-zu" (Goose by Reed Leaf) designed with distinct features of wide margins as realization of the distance and expanse of the landscape.
Garden of Hojo
This is designated as a historical site/special place of Scenic Beauty. On the south of Hojo there is a garden completely covered with white sands representing the wide expanse of ocean. Camellias on the far left and two big rocks in front of them are said to represent mountains. On the east of Hojo, placed stones are grouped into seven, five and three. In ancient times odd numbers like 7,5,3 were believed to be signs of good luck.
Kara-mon (Chinese-style gate)
Back in the south garden there is a Chinese-style gate called Kara-mon which is designated as a national treasure. It is said to have been relocated from Jyuraku Dai, a mansion of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and is well-known for its stunning sculptures of lions, peacocks, waterfall and carp, and so on.

Access
Address
Murasakino Daitokuji-cho, Kita-ku Kyoto, 603-8231
Access
Take City Bus #206 from JR Sagano line "Nijo" Station and get off at "Daitokuji mae" Stop.
Take Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Kitaoji, take City Bus #1, #M1, #101, 102, 204, 205 or 206, get off at "Daitokuji mae" Stop and walk about 7 minutes.
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Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
*The time for last entry is 11:30 on January 9, 16, 21 and February 21.
Closed on January 17 and 18.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Toji Temple Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda)
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Toji Temple is the head temple of the Shingon Buddhist sect established by Kukai (Kobodaishi). It is also a World Heritage Site.
It was first built east of the Rashomon Gate to guard the country during the Heian period; later it was entrusted to Kukai. Within the precincts lie the Kondo (Main Hall; national treasure) and Kodo (Lecture Hall; important cultural asset). Above all, there is the beautiful Gojunoto (Five-Story Pagoda; national treasure), which is Japan's finest fivestory pagoda. Kukai conceived of the five-story pagoda, comparing the central "heart" pillar to Dainichinyorai, the Cosmic Buddha, who was a deity of the Shingon esoteric sect, placing four Buddhas. This pagoda burned down four times because of lightning, but each time it was rebuilt using ancient methods. The present pagoda is the one rebuilt in 1644 and its appearance has been preserved for nearly 360 years now.

Highlights
►Built in 1644, this structure is a national treasure, and is the tallest five-story pagoda in Japan. Visitors can enter and view the interior of the tower, which is usually only viewable from the outside. A thick central "heart pillar" spans the inside of the tower vertically, and Buddha statues are positioned around it for protection. The ceilings, pillars, and walls are decorated with colorful pictures. In addition, the wonderful Buddha statues inside the main Kondo hall (national treasure) and the Kodo (important cultural asset) can be viewed.

Access
Address
1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku Kyoto, 601-8473
Access
15-min. walk from JR Kyoto Station
City Bus: #205 to Kujo Shakomae Tojimichi Stop (5-min. walk)
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Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 09:00-16:00 (admission to special public viewing)
Admission fees: 800 yen for Adult (including university students), 700 yen for High school students,
500 yen for Junior high and elementary school students.
*admission free for preschooler and infants.
★On-site English Guidance Available
On-site English guidance by a volunteer guide is available at Toji Temple Gojunoto: Thursday, January 21 to Sunday, February 21, 2016. The guidance starts every hour on the hour and on the half hour. The guidance is free of charge. No guidance at 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.





Toji Temple Kanjo-in
< Open to the public for the first time in 8 years. >
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Built in the southwest of the Toji Temple precincts, Kanjo-in is designated as a national important cultural property. It is one of the buildings originally laid out when Kukai (aka Kobo Daishi) founded Toji Temple and it serves as the fundamental Dojo (training hall) of the Shingon sect temples. It is a sacred place normally closed to the public where Shingon rituals are held such as "Go Shichi Nichi Mishiho" Hoyo, a seven-day New Year ritual (January 8-14) and "Denpo Kanjo", an initiation ceremony of Mikkyo (Esoteric Buddhism) to confer the title of Ajari on a disciple who have completed practices.

Highlights
Kanjo-in
The current hall is the one rebuilt in 1634 and comprises of a wood floor room "Raido" and an earth floor room "Shodo"connected by an intermediate room "Ainoma". On the wall of Shodo are depicted the images of "Shnigon Hasso" (the eight founders of Shingon).
Mandalas
Mandalas are drawings of geometrically configured images of Buddha and Bodhitsattvas intended to express the Buddhist view of the Universe and Nirvana. Items to be on display will include reproduction of "Jubun Ryokai (Two Realms) Mandalazu" (national important cultural property) which is to be hanged on the wall during Shingon ritual, a copy of "Kokuho Ryokai Mandala-zu" (national treasure), the copy by a Japanese-style painter Taisuke Hamada of "Kokuho Juniten (12 Mikkyo guardian deities of directions) Byobu" (national treasure), and installation of ritual implements used in Denpo Kanjo. A solemn space of Shingon ritual is reproduced.

Access
Address
1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku Kyoto, 601-8473
Access
Walk for 15 minutes from JR Kyoto Station.
Take City Bus #205 from JR Kyoto station, get off at "Tojimichi" Stop and walk about 5 minutes.
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Special opening
Period of opening: Sunday, January 17-Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 9:30-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Tofukuji Temple Sanmon
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This gate was built by the order of Michiie Kujo, a regent and a chief adviser to the emperor, around the 13th century. Tofukuji temple is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves. The view from Tsutenkyo bridge is magnificent. This bridge is open to the public throughout the year (charge required).

Highlights
Sanmon (national treasure)
Sanmon (national treasure) which will be opened to the public this time is the oldest gate of its kind built around the 14th century. The 22-meter tall gate is also among the largest ones. It combines three different architectural styles: Daibutsuyo or Buddha style, Zenshuyo or Zen style and Wayo or traditional Japanese style.
The interior of the second layer is made for a Buddha hall that enshrines Hokan Shaka Nyorai-zo (statue of Shakyamuni wearing a jeweled crown) and statues of the 16 arhats Japanese. The paintings and patterns on the ceiling were drawn by Mincho (a Zen monk and painter of the 14-15th century) and others. For example, Karyobinga, an imaginary bird with woman's face and bird's body is depicted on the ceiling. In the Buddhist tales, this bird is portrayed as a beautifully voiced bird living in heaven. The paintings, being vivid in colors when drawn, must have produced a solemn space suggestive of heaven. From the second story, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Kyoto.
*Stairs of this gate is very steep. Watch your head and steps. Please check your baggage to an attendant in front of the stairs.

Access
Address
15 Hon-machi, Higasihyama-ku Kyoto, 605-0981
Access
Walk about 12 minutes from JR Nara Line "Tofukuji" Station.
Take City Bus #208 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Tofukuji" Stop and walk about 10 minutes.
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Special opening
Period of opening: Wednesday, January 13- Sunday, January 31, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.





Tofukuji Temple Sokushu-in
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Sokushu-in is a sub-temple of Tofukuji Temple built by Shimazu clan of Satsuma (Kagoshima prefecture at present). Shimazu of Satsuma played an initiative role in the Meiji Restoration and took part in the anti-Shogunate movement in 1860's. It is said that a famous samurai of Satsuma, Takamori Saigo, had confidential talks on anti-Shogunate movement in Sokushu-in. When a war broke out in Kyoto, the Satsuma army fired at the army of Japanese feudal government from the top of the hill at the back of Sokushu-in.

Highlights
Sanmon (main gate) and Nio-zo (stone statues of the Deva Kings as temple guardians)
On both sides of the main gate, there are stone-made statues of the Deva Kings as temple guardians which were offered by Satsuma domain.
Garden
Before this temple was built, the current place was a mountain villa called "Tsukinowaden" of Kanezane Fujiwara, an emperor's chief advisor of the 10-11th century. The pond garden of the villa mostly remains as it was at that time with its stone arrangement of waterfall, location and shape being the same.
Treasures (on display)
Some of the treasures are displayed; A Hibachi, a Japanease heating appliance using charcoal as fuel received from Shimazu clan, tiered lacquer ware boxes (used to store or serve food) with the family crest of Konoe clan, a hanging scroll by Takamori Saigo and so on. Saigo is a samurai still loved by many people in Japan, who made a substantial contribution to modernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration but died tragically.
Cenotaph of Eastern Expedition
In the woods of the innermost part of the temple, there is a cenotaph of Eastern Expedition by Takamori Saigo. This is a monument for the Satsuma 524 war dead and all the engraved names were written by Saigo.

Access
Address
15 Hon-machi, Higasihyama-ku Kyoto, 605-0981
Access
Walk about 14 minutes from JR Nara Line "Tofukuji" Station.
Take City Bus #208 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Tofukuji" Stop and walk about 12 minutes.
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Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
*Closed on March 6 and 7.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for Adult (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Nanzenji Temple Tenju-an
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Tenju-an is a sub-temple of Nanzenji Temple. It is the place to enshrine the Kaisan (founding priest) of Nanzenji Temple, Daimin-kokushi (aka Mukanfumon), a Zen monk in the late Kamakura period. Although the garden is the only place visitors are usually allowed to view, several rooms inside such as "Hondo" (main hall) and "Shoin" (drawing room) are specially open to the public during KYOTO WINTER TOUR.

Highlights
Hondo
The "fusuma" (sliding door) paintings housed in Hondo were created by Tohaku Hasegawa, a representative painter of the 16th century (1539~1610). Although the ones we can view at this occasion are re-creations of the original works, they are masterpieces which achieve variation of tones only through black ink. Mostly, they are "Zen-ga", paintings which express the doctrine and philosophy of Zen. For example, depicted scenes like a monk trying to kill a cat and a monk putting his shoes on his head all represent the spirits of Zen.
Shoin and Gardens
In Shoin, portraits of Yusai Hosokawa (1534~1610) who was responsible for rebuilding Tenju-an and his wife (national important cultural properties) will be on special public display during KYOTO WINTER TOUR. Yusai Hosokawa was both a military commander and a foremost poet of the era. You can enjoy a garden view from the big windows of Shoin. The gardens of Tenjuan are divided into two parts; Choshin-tei garden has a pond around which visitors can stroll while Karesansui (dry landscape) garden Enmoku-tei has a landscape composed entirely of white sands and moss. The two realize beauty in contrasting manners.

Access
Address
86-8 Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto, 606-8435
Access
Take Subway Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station to Karasuma Oike, switch to Subway Tozai Line, get off at Keage, get out from Exit #1 and walk about 8 minutes.
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Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Sunday, January 31, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.





Myoshinji Temple Gyokuho-in
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Myoshinji Temple is the largest Zen temple complex in Kyoto which includes 46 sub-temples. Its precinct yard has a large area of about 100,000 tusbo (330,000 square meters) and seems like a town solely consisting of temples. In 1337 Cloistered Emperor Hanazono converted his imperial villa into a Zen temple and invited a renowned monk Muso Daishi (aka Kanzan Egen) as Kaisan (founding priest). This is the origin of Myoshinji, which flourished over centuries gaining supports from many busho (military commanders) in the Sengoku (Warring States) period. Gyokuho-in is the oldest sub-temple within the precinct of Myoshinji.

Highlights
Hojo (a residence for the chief priest)
Built in 1656, Hojo is a Hiwadabuki style architecture having a hinoki cypress bark covered roof. Different rooms are adorned by fusuma paintings of different themes such as "Kirin-zu" (Kirin is a mythical creature of China) and "Ryu-zu " (a dragon) created by Eishin (Yasunobu) Kano.
Kaisan-do "Misho-an"
Built around the 15th century, Kaisan-do "Misho-an" is connected by a corridor to Hojo and enshrines the Kaisan (founding priest) of Myoshin-ji, Muso Daishi Kanzan Egen. In the precinct yard it is the oldest structure designated as an important cultural property. You will find rare shaped stone lanterns and Japanese fern palms in front of it.
Well
Near the connecting corridor, there remains a well called "Fusuisen" beside which Muso Daishi Kaizan Egen is said to have passed away.
Otama-ya "Syouninden" (mausoleum)
Otama-ya "Syouninden" is the building that enshrines Tsurumatsu (Sutemaru), the first-born son of Hideyoshi Toyotomi who passed away at the age of two. It houses a statue of him which is retaining a childlike visage.

Access
Address
Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto, 616-8035
Access
Walk for 7 minutes from JR Sagano line "Hanazono" Station.
Take City Bus #26 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Myoshinji Kitamon-Mae" Stop and walk about 10 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
*The time for last entry is 14:00 on January 11, February 11 and March 11.
The opening time is 12:00 on February 7.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Myoshinji Temple Tenkyu-in
< Open to the public for the first time in 12 years. >
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Built during 1631-1635, Tenkyu-in is one of the sub-temples of Myoshinji Temple. It was founded by Tenkyu-in, a sister of Terumasa Ikeda (the lord of Himeji castle).

Highlights
Hojo ( residence for the chief priest) and Fusuma paintings
Tenkyu-in's Hojo is said to be a representative Zen hojo style architecture of the Edo period and is designated as an important cultural property. Especially, its 152 wall paintings are famous in the history of Japanese Paintings and all of them are kept in nearly perfect conditions as in the days of creation. These paintings were created by Sanraku Kano (1559-1635) and his son-inlaw Sansetsu Kano (1590-1651) of the Momoyama period. Most of them are gorgeous paintings using vivid colors with golden background. (Some of them are re-created.) You will find "Taketora-zu (bamboo and tiger)" in the central room, "birds on the plum tree" in the left room, "Magaki souka zu (morning glory and clematis)" in the right room. Their geometrical designs with vertical and curved lines are marvelous. They are known to be masterpieces of Sanraku and Sansetsu.

Access
Address
Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto, 616-8035
Access
Walk for 10 minutes from JR Sagano line "Hanazono" Station.
Take City Bus #26 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Myoshinji Kitamon-Mae" Stop.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fee: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.





Myoshinji Temple Reiun-in
< Open to the public for the first time in 39 years. >
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Built in 1526, Reiun-in is one of sub-temples of Myoshinji Templle which has four sects, namely the Ryosen-school, the Tokaischool, the Shotaku-school and the Reiun-school. Every sub-temple and branch temple belongs to one of the four sects. Reiunin is the head temple of the Reiun-school. It is an old and prestigious sub-temple among those of Myoshinji.

Highlights
Hondo (the main hall)
Hondo is the hall to enshrine a statue of the principal image of Buddha. There is a large pine tree planted in the garden facing south.
Shoin
Shoin-zukuri is a style of residential architecture developed from the medieval period to the early modern ages of Japan.
It forms the basis of today's Japanese house. Reiun-in's Shoin is a valuable remnant and provides information about early architecture of this style. The simply built Shoin is designated as an important cultural property. As a similar remnant, Togudo "Dojin-sai" (national treasure) of Ginkakuji Temple (world heritage) is well known. Reiun-in's Shoin is also called "Goko no ma" (Goko means imperial outing) since Emperor Gonara (1497-1557) often visited here in order to hear lectures on the doctrines of Zen by Enman Honko Kokushi (Daikyusokyu).
Shoin Garden
It is said that a monk called Shikensaido (Zean) created this garden. It is a "Karesansui" (dry landscape) garden designated as a historic site and place of scenic beauty. The garden, which is equal to about 10 tsubo (=33 square meters) in size, uses Ishigumi (arrangement of stones) to express a waterfall and the garden as a whole is likened to "Houraisan" (an imaginary island where wizards are said to live).

Access
Address
Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto, 616-8035
Access
Walk for 8 minutes from JR Sagano line "Hanazono" Station.
Take City Bus #26 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at "Myoshinji Kitamon Mae" Stop and walk about 7 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
*The time for last entry is 13:30 on January 9.
Closed on January10 and 17.
The time for last entry is 11:30 on February 14 and March 13.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.


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Rokudochinnoji Temple
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Rokudochinnoji Temple is an old temple built around the 8th century. "Rokudo (six realms)" stands for six kinds of hades in Buddhism. In ancient times, people in Japan believed in reincarnation according to which one repeats life and death over six hades judged by how good or bad his or her conducts in the present life are. It has been considered that this temple is located at the branch point of the six hades, thus at the border of the present life and afterlife. This is because burial ground was in the east of this temple (an area which was anciently considered to be the outside of Kyoto) and the temple was on the way there.

Highlights
Enmado
A statue of Enma Daio (Yamathe King of Hell), who is said to judge one's sin of life, is enshrined in this hall. To the right of this, there is a statue of Takamura Ono (802~853), a mysterious man who is said to have worked as a courtier during daytime but have served for Enma Daio at night by commuting to Hell.
Well
In the garden of this temple, there are two wells; one is said to be the entrance to Hades and the other the exit coming back from Hades. The exit was found by chance four years ago and a new well frame was remade afterwards.
Painting of scenes in Hell
There are famous paintings of scenes of Hell in which drawn are the six Hades Japanese people had once believed in. For example, Needle Mountain, execution by boiling, and Jizobosatsu or Ksitigarbha (who saves human beings) are depicted.

Access
Address
Komatsu-cho, Yamatooji-dori Shijo-sagaru, Higasihyama-ku Kyoto, 605-0811
Access
Take Keihan Railway from JR Nara Line "Tofukuji" to Keihan "Kiyomizu Gojo" and walk about 12 minutes.
Take City Bus #206 or #100 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at Kiyomizu-michi Stop and walk about 3 minutes.
MAP>>>

Special opening
Period of opening: Saturday, January 9- Friday, March 18, 2016.
Time of opening: 10:00-16:00 (last entry)
Admission fees: 600 yen for adults (junior high school students or older),
300 yen for elementary school students.
*Admission free for preschoolers and infants.





>>>Attention for visitors
During your visit to a temple, we ask you please observe the following:
No Smoking
No Drinking
No Eating
Photography is not allowed (includes the use of video equipment) except the designated area.
Please unshoulder a backpack or deposit a large piece of baggage to a member of staff in order to protect cultural property.
Please do not touch any cultural property (pictures on partitions, Buddhist statues, etc.)

*Some temple may be closed for Buddhist services without notice.
*On-site guidance is available in Japanese only.


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