Sekizan Zen-in Temple

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Sekizan Zen-in Temple

Sekizan Zen-in was established in 888 AD after the order from the high priest Jikaku Daishi Ennin, and was recognized as one of the affiliated temples of Hieizan Enryakuji Temple. Located in the northeast of Kyoto, where the front spirit gate called Omote Kimon used by demons is believed to stand, Sekizan Zen-in has been worshipped as the temple to protect the citizens from bad luck coming through the gate.

In addition, there is a rigorous religious discipline practiced at this temple called Sennichi Kaiho Practice (One Thousand-Day Practice). It involves climbing Kirara Slope between Mt. Hiei and Sekizan-in Temple every day for 100 days in a row. The climbing distance is 60 km and this is said to be a very rigorous religious practice.

Even though this is a rigorous religious practice, many people still visit Sekizan Zen-in Temple just for the magic of autumn leaves.


20 minutes from Shudoin Station on the Eizan Electric Railway. 20 minutes from Shudoin Rikyumichi bus stop on the Kyoto City Bus line.

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Description: Sekizan Zen-in Temple

Sights Sekizan Zen-in Temple (赤山禅院)
Address 18 Kaikonbo-cho, Shugakuin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-701-5181 / Fax: 075-701-0591
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:30
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
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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