Gyogan-ji Temple, Kodo

Gyogan-ji Temple, Kodo © Iry

What is Gyogan-ji Temple (Kodo)

The founder of Gyogan-ji Temple, Gyoen, was in the business of hunting before entering the priesthood.  One day he was hunting deer in the mountains and had deep regret for the unborn fawn found in a deer he had hunted.  This was the catalyst for him joining the priesthood.  Thereafter, Gyoen was seen wearing deer skin as part of his clothing and was thus, called "Leather Saint".  The name Kodo (Ko = leather, Do = hall) is also derived from this.

Gyogan-ji Temple was founded in the year 1004.  It was relocated several times, but the current building is one that was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1708.


Though the temple is small, the main hall is very profound and imposing.  It houses a Hibutsu Statue (Private Buddha statue not open to the public).  The leather worn by Gyoen is also housed here but unfortunately, it is usually private and generally, not available to the public.


7 minute walk from the Maruta-machi Station on the Keihan Train.

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Description: Gyogan-ji Temple, Kodo

Sights Gyogan-ji Temple, Kodo (行願寺(革堂))
Address Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Teramachi-dori Takeya-machi Agaru Gyogan-ji Monzen-cho
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-211-2770
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:08:00-16:30
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Gyogan-ji Temple, Kodo