Koto-in Temple is a subtemple(a smaller temple attached to a larger temple.) of the Rinzai Daitokuji, it was erected during the Sengoku period of Japanese history by the famous tea master Hosokawa Tadaoki. Tadaoki was a disciple of the famous tea master Sen Rikyu, and the drawing room is a relocation of Rikyu's mansion. Following the drawing room is the tea room "Shoukouken", which is said to have been moved by Toyotomi Hideyoshi from the Kitano Shrine to here, and many things left by Rikyu are here.
Koto-in Temple is surrounded by the bamboo forest on the Daitokuji grounds, and the fresh green and red leaves stand out. There are many maples planted here, and when autumn comes the fallen maple leaves fill the walkways and courtyards, and the beautiful red-green contrast with the moss is superb. Every year the Japan Rail Toukai runs a campaign to attract attention to famous Kyoto locations, however the Koto-in Temple is also working to attract attention through a fresh green shrine approach.
Bus: Get off the Kyoto-shi bus at Daitokuji-mae, and it's a five minute walk.
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Description: Koto-in Temple
|Sights||Koto-in Temple (高桐院)|
73-1, Daitokuji-cho, Murasaki-no, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-492-0068 / Fax: 075-493-8733|
|Closed dates||Specific dates|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 400yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|