Ryogen-in Temple

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Ryogen-in Temple

Ryogen-in Temple is a sub temple of the Rinzai Sect’s Daitokuji Temple; it used to be the headquarters of the South School of Daitoku-ji. Hojo (the abbot’s residence) has been designated an Important Cultural Property and the front gate is the oldest construction in Daikokuji Temple.

There are many rare objects in the temple. For example, a go (Japanese chess) board at which Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi allegedly played and an Edo Period scroll "Old Trees and Monkeys", painted by famous painter Hasegawa Tohaku can be seen. Be sure to check out the gardens when you visit Ryogen-in as well. "Hojo Hokutei"(north garden), which is a karensansui (stone) garden features a rock arrangement that is made to represent a mountain, and the green moss around it represents the sea. "Hojo Nantei" (south garden) is a white sand and stone garden. Even though both gardens belong to the same karensansui style, the contrast between them is quite visible.


Five minutes walking from Daitokuji-mae bus stop (Kyoto City Bus)

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Description: Ryogen-in Temple

Sights Ryogen-in Temple (龍源院)
Address 82-1 Murasaki-no-Daitokuji, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-491-7635 / Fax: 075-491-7635
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Tuesday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Wednesday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Thursday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Friday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Saturday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Sunday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:20)
Closed dates Irregular closed dates
Admission Fee Pay admission: 350yen
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: Ryogen-in Temple