Manshu-in © Iry

About Manshu-in

Manshu-in is said to have originated as a dojo (training hall) for spiritual protection of the nation, established by Saicho, the founder of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, on Mt. Hiei. Then, it was renamed 'Tobibo' when it was moved into Mt. Hiei Sai-to around 950, and renamed again 'Manshu-in' around 1100. According to legend, it was relocated to this place in the 1650s. The temple is dedicated to Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) as the principal image of Buddha of the temple. As the head chief priest came from the Sugawara family, the temple has close connection with Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine enshrining Sugawara Michizane as the principal deity. Against this background, the head priest of Manshu-in concurrently held the post of betto (the title of intendant priest administering temple affairs) of Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine from the Heian period (794-1185) to the early Meiji period.

Monzeki refers to a temple whose head priest is a member of the Imperial family. Manshu-in is one of the five Monzeki temples of the Tendai sect in Kyoto, with Shoren-in, Sanzen-in, Myoho-in, and Bishamon-do. The walls of both the right and left side of the entrance Chokushi-mon gate with 5 horizontal lines represent the high formality of the temple as a Monzeki temple.

Manshu-in is well-known for its 'karesansui'-style (dry landscape) garden designed by a famous gardener Kobori Enshu in the Edo period. In front of the Shoin-style architecture consisting of 'Dai-shoin' and 'Sho-shoin' rooms, the garden arranges two islands representing a crane and a tortoise in a sand sea. The garden glows with Kirishima azalea in May and colored leaves in November .


It is a 20 minute walk towards the east from the City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau) Ichijoji Shimizucho stop.

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Description: Manshu-in

Sights Manshu-in (曼殊院門跡)
Address 42 Ichijoji-takenouchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-781-5010
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Manshu-in