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Kaju-ji Temple

Kaju-ji Temple
Kaju-ji Temple is famously known for its garden called 'Kaju-ji Hyochien'. Natural scenery of mountains in the background is used in designing of this garden. The temple is founded by Emperor Daigo over 1000 years ago. The buildings inside the temple were destroyed and rebuilt throughout history, but the garden remains and maintained through generations. Beautiful lotus flowers can be seen during the summer and changing colors of the leaves can be seen during the autumn. At this historical garde...moren, an evergreen shrub called haibyakushin growing around a uniquely shaped lantern can also be seen.
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I went during one weekday afternoon, and it was pretty nice and quiet inside! Seems that Japanese tour groups come here from time-to-time. There is a big pond with koi fish and ducks swimming. I saw local kids feeding the koi fish looking like they were having fun. The water birds are amazing to see, and the scenery is incredible. I wish to come back during the summer to see more greenery and lotus flowers.
Herons and Waterfowls
Must See !
Herons And Waterfowls
Kaju-ji is known to be a temple with most waterfowls. You can see birds nesting on top of a tall tree and also playing in the pond. It’s a great garden where you can do some bird watching. Ducks, koi fish, and turtles swim in the pond. This garden is full of wonderful wildlife, and a great place to spend some time!
Look Around The Garden
Must See !
Look Around The Garden
The garden can be enjoyed both by strolling and viewing. Consider taking in the background scenery of the mountains when you take a moment to look over the garden. There are benches to sit as well. Take a nice walk around the pond and look inside closely for the koi fish. Many were released into the pond by locals who needed help in taking care of their fish throughout the years. Kids who visit the temple are given bread pieces to feed to the koi fish.
Use the Vernaculars
Must Do !
Use the Binoculars
Look for a green box on the side of the pond for the binoculars that is free to use. See the birds up in the tall tree coming back from their flight from Lake Biwa where they often spend their day. Some stay in the area to protect their homes or if you are lucky, you may see some baby birds as well.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
It is recommend that you pinpoint the location before taking a trip to this temple. Look for the 「勧修寺」sign on the street and by the entrance.
Kaju-ji Temple Appearance PhotoKaju-ji Temple Appearance Photo
Kaju-ji Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-571-0048
Address 27-6 Kanshuji Niodocho, Yamashina-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 607-8226
Directions 6-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Ono Station
(head west from Ono Station)
Hours 9am - 4pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Notes About 30 minutes on subway from Kyoto station, or about 20 minutes on a JR and Subway route.
Ask for the English information sheet at the entrance.
Fee Adults: ¥400 (¥320 per person for a large group)
Middle and elementary school students: ¥200 (¥160 per person for a large group)
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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No English signs
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese
Kaju-ji Temple +81 75-571-0048 Adults: ¥400 (¥320 per person for a large group) Middle and elementary school students: ¥200 (¥160 per person for a large group) 2/3

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