According to the temple, it was founded in 938 during the Heian period by the monk Ryogen. It was lost and rebuilt, and was finaly settled here during the 16th century after relocation.
Lady Murasaki is said to be the most prominent writer of the Heian period. She resided here and wrote the world-renowned Tale of Genji. In the main hall is a garden in her memory, and this was developed later as a "Genji garden". Every year from June to September the purple bellflowers attract tourists. There is a monument to commemorate the remains of her mansion which was made in 1965. Fans of her work often come here to see what kind of surroundings she immersed herself in the Heian Period.
Also at this temple is the Setsubun festival (2/3) at which the Oni-no-Horaku is performed, which attracts a great number of tourists.
From the Keihan train's "Demachiyanagi Station" (出町柳駅) it's a 15 minute walk. Or take the subway on Karasuma Line to Marutamachi Station (丸太町駅) and it's a 20 minute walk.
Image Gallery: Rozan-ji Temple
Description: Rozan-ji Temple
|Sights||Rozan-ji Temple (廬山寺)|
397, Kitanobe-cho, Jyokyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-231-0355|
|Closed dates||Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 500yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|