Koryu-ji Temple

Koryu-ji Temple © Iry

What is Koryu-ji Temple

Koryu-ji Temple was built in the year 603 and is the oldest temple in Kyoto.  It was built with the Miroku-bosatsu Hankashiyuizo Statue (Seated statue half-inclined in meditation) as it’s main object of worship.  The statue was granted to Hatano Kawakatsu, a naturalized Japanese person from the Qin Dynasty, and close advisor Shotoku Taishi (Prince Shotoku), by the Prince.  Miroku-bosatsu Hankashiyuizou Statue belongs to the first issue of Japan’s National Treasure Designation.  It is an independent temple of the Shingon sect and is also referred to as Uzumasa Koryu-ji Temple because it is located in the area of Uzumasa.  The Cattle Festival held every October 12 is one of the 3 biggest festivals in Kyoto.

Beside the national treasure Miroku-bosatsu Hankashiyuizou Statues, Koryu-ji Temple abounds with other national treasures such as the Amida Nyoraizazo Statue, Fukuukensaku Kannon-ritsuzo Statue, Senjyu Kannon-ryuzo Statue, Yuunishinshyo-ritsuzo Statue, and though it cannot currently be viewed due to construction, the Keikyuin-hondo Main Hall. The Keikyuin-hondo Main Hall is a hall worshiping Prince Shotoku, and by its octagonal structure, is believed to have been built during the same era as Ryuji-yumedono Temple (Year 739), and is treated as a very valuable building.


13 minute walk from the Uzumasa Station on the JR Sagano Line.  1 minute walk from the Uzumasa Koryu-ji-mae stop on the city bus.

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Description: Koryu-ji Temple

Sights Koryu-ji Temple (広隆寺)
Address Kyoto, Ukyo-ku, Uzumasa Hachioka-cho 32
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-861-1461
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 700yen
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: Koryu-ji Temple