Jakko-in Temple

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About Jakko-in Temple

Jakko-in Temple is a Buddhist convent of the Tendai-Sect located in Ohara, Kyoto. It is believed to have been founded in 594 by Shotoku Taishi to pray for the soul of his late father, Emperor Yomei. According to the legend, the first abbess Tamateru-hime used to be a nursing mother of the prince, and the second abbess was Awano-naiji, who is believed to be a model style of "Ohara-me" wearing a tenugui (towel), white kogake (hand covers) and a pair of white tabi socks, carrying charcoal, firewood and bushwood on the head and vending in the capital Kyoto. The third abbess was Kenreimon'in, a daughter of Taira-no Kiyomori, who was saved from death by drowning during the Genpei Battle in the Dan-no-ura sea. She lost her own child Emperor Antoku and all of her immediate family of the Heike clan in the sea battle. She spent the rest of her life at Jakko-in Temple, praying for the souls of the deceased. A war chronicle Heike Monogatari (the Tale of the Heike) describes an episode of ex-Emperor Go-Shirakawa Houo visiting Kenreimon'in at the temple. Jakko-in is also known as a place remembered in connection with Heike Monogatari. The hondo (main hall) was burnt down due to arson in 2000. In five years, the hondo was rebuilt, together with the statues of Kenreimon'in and Awano-naiji. Today, Jakko-in temple is very popular as one of the major tourist spots in Ohara, Kyoto.

Admission Time depends on the season 1st March~30th November 9:00~17:00。1st December~31st December,4th January~28th February 9:00~16:30。1st January~3rd January 10:00~16:00。


It's a 15 minute walk from the Kyoto Bus 'Ohara' bus stop.

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Description: Jakko-in Temple

Sights Jakko-in Temple (寂光院)
Address 676 Ohara-kusao-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-744-3341
Duration 40Minutes
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
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

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