Renge-ji Temple

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Renge-ji Temple

This is a temple that belongs to the Tendai Sect, located in the northern part of Kyoto. Originally the temple belonged to the Jishu Sect and was moved to its original location near Kyoto Station. The temple was destroyed in the Onin War (1467-1477) and was revived in 1662 by Imaeda Chikayoshi. It also became known as Tiantan School Temple around that time.

The temple was said to be constructed by Ishikawa Jozan (garden designer), Kano Tanyu (peinter) and Kinoshita Junan (philosopher of the Cheng-Zhu School). The garden was created by Ishikawa Jozan.

Speaking of Renge-ji, it is famous for its unique style. In general, you can walk anywhere you want in this type of garden. However, since this is a garden dedicated to the Buddhist Teaching of Pure Land, you can only walk in designated places.

The only island-stone of the pond (funaishi) represents a ship and is located in the center of the pond. On the left, there is a turtle island and crane stone. Many trees are planted around the pond, such as rhododendron and crape myrtle; all of them produce beautiful autumn leaves that cover the moss in the garden. The contrast of moss and autumn leaves provides for a very attrative atmosphere. In addition, in November the contrast of the sunset and autumn leaves makes the whole area look like it is lit up. This is beauty at its finest that is beyond description.


Bus: After getting off at Kamibashi Bus Stop on the Kyoto City bus route, you can reach the temple by walking for one minute from there.

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Description: Renge-ji Temple

Sights Renge-ji Temple (蓮華寺)
Address 1 Hachiman-cho, Kamikoya, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-781-3494 / Fax: 075-781-3494
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates Specific dates
Admission Fee Pay admission: 400yen
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: Renge-ji Temple