Shoden-ji Temple

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Shoden-ji Temple

Shōden-ji is a small temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. It is tucked away in the mountains in northern Kyoto. The temple is believed to be built by a Buddhist priest who travelled from China, however it suffered great damage during various wars. The temple was restored thanks to the support of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

The classic karesansui (dry landscape) garden in front of the main hall is bordered by a white wall. The garden design consists of three groups of nicely trimmed rhododendron bushes. A gate in the far right corner completes the scene. Outside the garden walls, on either side of the narrow valley, are tall pine trees and a cherry tree.


15 minutes from Jinkoin-mae Station on the Kyoto City Bus.

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Description: Shoden-ji Temple

Sights Shoden-ji Temple (正伝寺)
Address 72 Nishigamo-Kitachinjuan-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-491-3259
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 400yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Shoden-ji Temple