Hokai-ji Temple

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What is Hokai-ji Temple

Hokai-ji Temple is a temple of the Shingon sect and was built in the year 1051 by Fujiwara no Sukenari, a court noble who became an ordained priest.  It is believed that the temple was started when Fujiwara built a hall to enshrine the Buddha of Healing.  It is also the family temple of the Hino family who were part of the Fujiwara family.  Thus, the temple is also referred to as the Hino-yakushi.  In the womb of the Buddha of Healing is a 9.1cm Healing Buddha figure, made by Saicho of the Hino family.  The Buddha of Healing attracts the faith of many, especially women, for the divine favor in pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.

Though Amidado is a National Treasure and is considered to be the initial construction of the Kamakura period (1185-1333), it is actually one of several temple halls containing an enshrined image of Amitabha built in each region.  There is an Amidanyoraiza-zo Statue and on the pillars and mud walls are murals of celestial beings.  The Buddhist Land of Bliss is portrayed in the these murals.  Also, Shinran, the founder of the Jyodoshinshu sect, and son of Hino Arinori, is believed to have been born at Hokai-ji Temple.

Please note, the hours of admission are 9AM to 5PM, however, during the winter season (October to March), the hours are shortened to 9AM to 4PM.


Located at the "Hinoyakushi" stop on the Keihan Bus.

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Description: Hokai-ji Temple

Sights Hokai-ji Temple (法界寺)
Address Kyoto, Fushimi-ku, Hinonishi Daido-cho 19
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-571-0024 / Fax: 075-571-0024
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
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: Hokai-ji Temple