Nison-in Temple

Nison-in Temple © iry


Nison-in Temple is a temple that sits at the foot of Kokura-san, a Tendai temple. It was originally opened during the Heian period from 834 to 847 as Jikakudaishien-in, and later on it was reopened as Tankou. The present temple name comes from the two deities in the main hall; one Hotsuken who greets people who are born in the temple, and the other Raigou who takes people who die in the temple to paradise. 

The autumn leaves

Nison is well known for its autumn leaves. The road large enough for horses to run through is called the "Koyo no Baba", the beautiful lineup of trees along the road as you approach the temple is a must-see. Kokura-san is known as a famous place for autumn leaves ever since antiquity, and the place has been sung of throughout Japanese history by famous poets for its beauty. At Nison there also remain some parts of a demolished building called Shiguretei which was purportedly a site for lodging.


From JR Saga Arashiyama Station (嵯峨嵐山) it’s 15 minutes. By the city bus go to the Saga-shaka-do station (嵯峨釈迦堂前) and it’s 10 minutes. It’s also close to Rakushi-sha and Joujakkou-ji so you can see them all at once. 

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Description: Nison-in Temple

Sights Nison-in Temple (二尊院)
Address 27, Saganisoninmonzenchojin-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-861-0687 / Fax: 075-861-7972
Duration 20Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:30
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
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

Map: Nison-in Temple