Jisso-in Temple

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Jisso-in Temple

Jisso-in Temple is a temple for the Tendai Sect which was built in 1229. The temple is also called "Iwakura-Monseki", because it is a Monseki temple (a type of temple where the head priest is appointed by the royal family).

It is said that the temple originally was located near Murasakino, Kita-ku, but moved to its current position to prevent damage during the Onin War. However, the temple was partly destroyed in a fire with particular damage to its eagle-wood. During the reign of Iemitsu Tokugawa, Jisso-in Temple received support from the shogun family, enabling them to undertake renovations. Many people from wealthy families gathered at the temple and enjoyed spending time having tea and singing wakas (Japanese poems). The sight of their partying is mentioned in many historical documents.

Jisso-in Temple has two types of gardens – a Chisen-Kaiyu garden (a type of garden where the view is enjoyed while walking around it), and a Karesansui garden (a type of garden that depicts landscapes only using rocks and pebbles). The Sansui garden in front of the study has a pond and a mountain rising up behind it. Many maples surround the pond, allowing it to present a magnificent view in season of fresh green and autumn leaves. There are Rhacophorus arboreuses (a type of frog) in this pond, which prove how clean the water is. The Karesansui garden in front of the temple has the Hie Mountain as its shakkei (gardening technique that uses the surrounding natural scenery to make the garden look more dynamic).


Bus: The nearest stop is Iwakura-Jissoin stop on the Kyoto Bus

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Description: Jisso-in Temple

Sights Jisso-in Temple (実相院)
Address 121, Iwakura-agura-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-781-5464 / Fax: 075-781-5464
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:00
Closed dates Irregular closed dates
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Jisso-in Temple