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.
Image Gallery: Shoden-ji Temple
Description: Shoden-ji Temple
|Sights||Shoden-ji Temple (正伝寺)|
72 Nishigamo-Kitachinjuan-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-491-3259|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 400yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|