Rokuo-in Temple

Rokuo-in Temple © Iry

What is Rokuo-in Temple?

Rokuo-in Temple was built as a sub-temple at the same time as Hodo-ji Temple, in 1380, by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu Shogun (Military commander) of the Muromachi period (1336-1573) to offer prayer of longevity. Hodo-ji Temple flourished as a Zen temple but was destroyed during the Onin War (Civil war lasting 10 years from 1467). Due to the destruction, Rokuo-in, originally built as a sub-temple, inherited Hodo-ji Temple's position and proceeded to become a full-fledged temple of the Rinzai Zen Buddhist sect after reconstruction during the Edo period.

The main gate has Kiriduma-dukuri (Gabled roof construction) tile-roofing created during the Nanbokucho era (1336-1392). The main building, which houses the Shakanyoraizo statue and a statue of the founder, Fumyoukokushi in the main hall, was built in 1676 during the Edo period reconstruction. In front of the Shariden (Reliquary hall), built in 1763, there is a traditional dry landscape garden. This leveled garden was established in 1760 and features rockwork and moss characterized by the natural scenery of Arashi-yama Mountain.


5 minute walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR SanIn Line. 3 minute walk from the Rokuoin Station on the Keifuku Railway.

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Description: Rokuo-in Temple

Sights Rokuo-in Temple (鹿王院)
Address 616-8385 Kyoto, Kyoto-shi, Ukyo-ku, Sagakitabori-cho 24
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-861-1645 / Fax: 075-861-1645
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Tuesday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 400yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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