May. 22, 2017 UPDATE

Jisso-in Temple

- 実相院 -
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See the unforgettable aurora-like green floor
Awesomely lush green of maple trees reflected on the floor like an aurora will make your feel refreshed. Jisso-in Temple keeps the maintenance of the floor every day in order to offer the breathtaking green scenery. In autumn, it will turn red. The temple was established in 1229 and its official name is Jisso-in Monzeki. A temple where a person who is from imperial family or aristocracy used to work as a priest is called Monzaki. Hence, Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu supported the reconstruction of the temple at the late Muromachi period (around in 1573) because some buildings of the temple was burnt out by a fire of the war. If you are interested in Japanese art, there are over 100 Fusuma-e (painting on a Japanese traditional slide door) that you should check! As taking any photos is prohibited inside of the temple, enjoy the silent atmosphere while feeling the wind.
Greenery Floor
Greenery Floor
Maple leaves with natural green are reflected on the floor like a mirror! As the surface of the floor is blacked out, deep green color stands out well. Interestingly the length of reflection is extended morning to the daytime. *Please do not take any photos of it.
Over 100 Fusuma (a Japanese slide door)
Over 100 Fusuma (a Japanese slide door)
There are historical fusuma in each room. Basically, a fusuma at a temple is repainted. However, the fusuma in this temple has never been repaired. Therefore, it is extremely rare to see. Unfortunately, they will be repainted in 2018 or 2019 years. So please do not miss this actual art by that time!
Look At The Dry Landscape
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Look At The Dry Landscape
A garden is laid out based on the shape of Japan with moss and wood. The three arched objects are motifs of the wave. It is because one of the reason why the garden is made is to pray for the victims of the earthquake around Tohoku area in 2011. It took over 2 years to be completed in support of the temple. The name of garden is the heart. Try to talk to yourself about your future while looking at.
Try To Find A Frog
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Try To Find A Frog
A lot of forest green frogs live in this pond. The crying of the frogs is sounded while you are in the temple. Originally, they used to live in a pond behind the mountain of the temple until the pond dried out, and they moved and started living there. The eggs of these frogs have been kept by the staff.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not take any photos inside of the temple. Only taking some photos from the balcony is permitted. Do not run nor make noise there.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Jisso-in Temple is famous as a place to view the autumn leaves. At this temple there is a room with a black floor that reflects the leaves of the maples behind it, so you get to see a red floor in autumn, a green floor in spring, and a white floor in winter. This temple is a bit far from the closest station so it is a very nice, quiet place.
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Jisso-in Temple / 実相院
Category Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 075-781-5464
Address 121, Iwakura Aguracho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0017
Directions 1 minute-walk from Iwakura-Jisso-in bus stop from #24 Kyoto bus for Iwakura Jisso-in getting on at Kyoto subway Karasuma line Kokusai-kaikan stn.
Open Hours 9am - 5pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Irregular days
Price range
Adult ¥500 / Child ¥250
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The guide of the temple is in English, Chinese, and Korean in the same brochure. #24 Kyoto bus directly goes to the temple for ¥170 from Kyoto subway Kokusai-kaikan Station.
Information The brochure is translated with English, Chinese, and Korean
Lanuages spoken Japanese only

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