Komyo-in Temple

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Komyo-in Temple

Komyo-in temple was established in 1391 as a subtemple of the Tofuku-ji temple. Mirei Shigemori, a renowned gardener in the Showa era (1926-1989) created the traditional Chinese dry landscape garden here, named Hashin-no-Niwa. It is recommended you enjoy a slow and leisurely stay here to enjoy the quiet atmosphere.


The garden is a dry landscape garden of stones arranged atop a bed of white sand and moss. The primary feature of the garden is that there are 3 sets of rocks arranged in circles, and the arrangement of the stones makes them appear to emit light. There are satsuki and azaleas which bloom in early summer aside bellflowers and dye the entire garden rainbow colors, and because of this the garden is sometimes referred to as the "Niji no Kokedera" (Rainbow moss temple). The autumn foliage is also famous.

On the higher ground there is a teahouse called "Ragetsu" ("Mossy Moon") that overlooks the garden. The tearoom is designed is based on the image of a rising moon, and so there is a large circle drawn on the wall of the room.


From the JR Keihan line’s "Tofukuji Station" (東福寺) get off and it’s a 10 minute walk. You can also get off at the Toba Kaido Station (鳥羽街道駅) and walk 5 minutes. There is also a city bus in Keihan that will take you to the Tofukuji bus stop (東福寺) and you can walk about 10 minutes there.

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Description: Komyo-in Temple

Sights Komyo-in Temple (光明院)
Address Honmachi 15-chome 809, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0981
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-561-7317 / Fax: 075-561-7328
Duration 15Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
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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