Hokyo-in Temple

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What is Hokyo-in Temple

Hokyo-in Temple was built during the Heian period (794-1185) by Emperor Shirakawa and was originally named Zenjyu-ji Temple.  During the Kamakura period (1185-1333) royalty had served as the head monks of the temple, however, during the Namboku period (1336-1392) Zen Master Mokuan-Zenshi joined the temple and revived what had become a depressed temple.  From this time, it became a Rinzai sect temple.  Mokuan was also trusted by warlord Kusunoki Masashige and after the warlord’s death, his neck was buried at this temple.  In addition, the second shogunate of the Muromachi period, Ashikaga Yoshiakira was devoted to Mokuan and as a result, the main buildings of Zennyu-ji Temple were constructed.  Yoshiakira had been told the stories of military exploits of his enemy Kusunoki Masashige from Mokuan with much praise and after the warlord’s deaths, they were buried next to each other.

During the Ashikaga Yoshimasa’s rule, the temple was named Hokyo-in Temple but after the Onin war, the power of the Muromachi shogunate as well as the temple declined.  During the Edo period (1603-1868), it became a branch temple of the head Rinzai sect temple, Tenryu-ji Temple, however, by the end of the shogunate, it had become a singular, independent temple.

Reconstruction was done after the Meiji period (1868-1912) and it became an independent temple of the Rinzai sect, as it remains today.  During fall foliage in the Sagano area, Hokyo-in Temple is considered to be an off the beaten path viewing spot for people "in the know".


15 minute walk from the Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line.  3 minute walk from the "Sagashakado-mae" stop on the Kyoto City Bus.

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Description: Hokyo-in Temple

Sights Hokyo-in Temple (宝筐院)
Address Kyoto, Ukyo-ku, Sagashakado Monzen Minamichuin-cho 9-1
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-861-0610
Duration 20Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
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: Hokyo-in Temple