Entoku-in Temple

Entoku-in Temple © Iry


A temple that is popular among visitors to the Higashiyama Gion neighborhood in Kyoto. It is 15 minutes from Kiyomizu Temple, and about 5 minutes from Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park, so you can hit a variety of temples all in one go. It is also a place related to the preeminent military commander of the Warring States period of Japanese history, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and it is even more popular for this reason.

You can access it from Maruyama Park via "Nene Way" (ねねの道) which is a paved path that goes through temples in Kyoto, and following that will take you to a tourist zone, Kyo Rakuichi Nene. Here you’ll find plenty of Kyoto-like shops and Japanese sweets, and also Japanese restaurants which you can enjoy leisurely while savoring the atmosphere of the temple. There are also plenty of kimonos and accessories to be found so you can get a souvenir while you’re here as well.

A festival on the third of every month

This temple is easy to see because it’s located so close to many other attractions in Kyoto, but if you’re staying in Kyoto you should come on the third of the month, which is the Sanmen Daikokuten festival. It is believed that visiting on a festival carries more than the usual amount of divine favor, and at 11:00 and 14:00 special prayers are done. On these festivals on odd days of the month there are drum players playing on large Mokugyo (drums shaped like Buddha) and they will also hit your body on places you are worried about if you ask them about it, such as a stiff neck or back pain.

At the festival you can also write Buddhist prayers on bills in the shapes of gourds. You write your wish on the bill and float it on water, and the bill will gradually melt and sink, and only the remaining letters of the deity at the shrine "Sanmen Daikokuten" will remain on the surface of the water. This attracts many priests and worshippers and many people will perform memorial services with these bills.

The place of death of Nene, wife of the most successful person in Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Entokuin was built by Nene, also known as Kitano Mandoroko (the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi), but it is most commonly associated with "Nene". After Toyotomi’s death, Nene erected the Kodai-ji temple to mourn him, and moved to live next to it. That place is known as the Resting Place of Nene, as decided by the Entoku Council after 9 years.

Nene’s name is associated with many things, as the aforementioned Nene Way and Kyo Rakuichi show. Her husband Hideyoshi was a very successful man, but it is said that Nene gave him great support, and she was endeared to a great number of people including feudal lords, monks, tea masters, warlords, and painters, and she is often said to have been a woman of great personality.

Access and fees

The nearest bus stop is the Higashiyama-Yasui stop (東山安井), a 5 minute walk. To get to Higashiyama-Yasui, from the JR Kintetsu line’s Kyoto Station (京都駅) take bus 206. If you are coming from the Hankyu "Kawaramachi Station" (河原町駅) go to "Shijo Kawaramachi" (四条河原町), coming from Keihan head to Kawabata-Shijo (川端四条) and from each of these stops you can take the 207 city bus to get there. Adult admission fee is 500 yen but there are discount admission tickets that allow you admission to the temple, Kodai-ji temple nearby, and the museum on the premises for 900 yen.

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Description: Entoku-in Temple

Sights Entoku-in Temple (圓徳院)
Address 530 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-525-0101 / Fax: 075-561-2724
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Tuesday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Wednesday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Thursday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Friday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Saturday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Sunday:10:00-17:30 (Last entry by: 17:00)
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
Recommended Season
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Recommended target Family Couples Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Entoku-in Temple