Sennyu-ji Temple

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Sennyu-ji Temple

Sennyu-ji Temple is located in Higashiyama, Kyoto. The temple was founded in 1218 by the monk Shunjo; it was originally called Horin-ji or Senyu-ji.  When another Shunjo constructed the temple buildings, water sprang up from the ground so the name of the temple was changed to Sennyu-ji Temple, or temple where water springs.  This spring still continues to provide pure water to this day.  The original temple was destroyed during the Onin War in 1467; the present structure was built after this period. The Daimon Gates, Buddha Hall and other 11 buildings are designated Important Cultural Properties. The Great Buddha Hall is especially interesting, as it is built in Karayokenchiku style with multi-layer roof.  The spring that gave name to the temple is still flowing; the roof covering it is Kyoto city Important Cultural Property. Deep inside, there is a place, called Tsukinowa-misagi. It is a cemetery where several Emperors and members of Imperial Family are buried, suggesting temple’s strong connection with the Emperors.

Business hours are from 9:00 to 16:30, between December and February – until 16:00.


5 minutes by taxi from Kintetsu Line Kyoto Station. You can use buses 202, 207, 208 going eastward, get off at "Sennyu-ji Michi" bus stop, 7 minutes by foot.

Car: Kamogawa-Nishi IC on Hanshin Expressway, road 8.

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Description: Sennyu-ji Temple

Sights Sennyu-ji Temple (泉涌寺)
Address Kyoto-shi, Higashi-yama-ku, Sennyu-ji-yama, Uchi-machi 27
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-561-1551
Duration 90Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:30
Closed dates Specific dates
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Sennyu-ji Temple