Josho-ji Temple

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About Josho-ji Temple

Josho-ji Temple was founded by a Nichiren Sect priest Nichiken Shonin in 1616 on an estate contributed to the temple by Hon'ami Koetsu. In 1627, the temple opened a school with a dormitory for Buddhist priests to learn, enrolling over 300 Renshu priests in the peak period. The temple is also known for its connection with a famous courtesan Yoshino Tayuu II. Yoshino Tayuu II was well known as the top-rank courtesan in Shimabara, one of geisha quarters in Kyoto, not only for her beauty but also for her knowledge and talent in waka (poetry), kado (flower arrangement), taiko (drum), shamisen (three-stringed instrument) and so on. She fell in love with a nephew of Hon'ami Koetsu and a wealthy merchant in Kyoto, Haiya Joeki and eloped with him. Later she passed away at the age of 38 and was buried in Josho-ji Temple. During her lifetime, she was a pious believer in the Nichiren Sect teachings and expended her own funds to build a san-mon (temple gate). She dedicated her faith to the temple. Josho-ji Temple is famous for its stunning red and orange leaves in autumn, comparable to the next-door Genko-an. The temple is also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. On the 2nd Sunday of April each year, a memorial flower festival is held to reminisce about Yoshino Tayuu. "Tayuu Dochu", a parade of an active Tayuu in her gorgeous kimono and an open-air tea ceremony are exquisitely graceful.


It's a 2 minute walk from the City Bus 'Genko-an-mae' stop.

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Description: Josho-ji Temple

Sights Josho-ji Temple (常照寺)
Address 45 Takagamine-kitatakagamine-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-492-6775 / Fax: 075-492-1727
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:08:30-17:00
Closed dates Irregular closed dates
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
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: Josho-ji Temple