Jojakko-ji Temple

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About Jojakko-ji Temple

Jojakko-ji Temple is a temple of Nichiren located on Kokura-san Mountain, famous for its autumn leaves. Kokura-san has been famous ever since antiquity as being the home of nobles, royalty, and poets. Jojakko-ji temple was also a famous secluded area for Kukkyoin Nisshin Shonin and so with the help of the daimyo Hideaki Kobayakawa the main hall was erected by relocating the reception hall of the Momoyama-jo. The thatched roof Deva Gate (Nio-mon) here is the oldest item in the temple. The famous Buddhist image creator Unkei created the Nio-mon-zo image here and it is said to help heal leg afflictions. The Myoken-do nearby to the main hall enshrines the deity Myoken who is a symbol of the Big Dipper and Polaris. On the grounds is a 12m-tall pagoda that was erected in 1620 and has been designated as important cultural property.  It’s also said that the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (a collection of 100 famous poems by 100 famous poets) was edited here by Fujiwara-no-Sadaie at his personal mountain retreat now called "Shigure-tei-ato". This is located on the west side of the Nizon-in, which is located to the north of the Deva Gate.


Via the Keifuku Electric Railroad’s Arashiyama Station (嵐山駅) you can walk there in 20 minutes, or via the Hankyu Railroad’s Arashiyama Station you can walk there in 35 minutes. On the JR Sagano Line go to Saga-Arashiyama Station (嵯峨嵐山駅) and from there walk 15 minutes, or you can take the city bus/ Kyoto bus and get off at the Saga Shogakko-mae stop (Saga Elementary School) (嵯峨小学校前).

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Description: Jojakko-ji Temple

Sights Jojakko-ji Temple (常寂光寺)
Address 3 Sagaogurayama Ogurachō, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-861-0435
Duration 20Minutes
Admission Fee Pay admission: 400yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Jojakko-ji Temple