Aug. 27, 2019 UPDATE

Daitoku-ji Kohrin-in Special Opening Event

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Period2019/9/7~9/29 2019/10/5~12/15 *Closed Days 9/23
VenueDaitoku-ji Kohrin-in
A famous Japanese rock garden that symbolizes the Chinese mountain of immortals
The usually closed Daitoku-ji Kohrin-in temple will hold a special opening event this spring! Kohrin-in is a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, the main temple of the Daitoku-ji faction of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. A warlord named Hatakeyama Yoshifusa founded this temple and its name comes from his legal name. It fell to ruin as the Hatakeyama family clan weakened. However, the accomplished warlord of the Sengoku period, Maeda Toshiie carried out repairs on the roof and it became a temple to carry out Buddhist memorial services for the Maeda clan in addition to the Hatakeyama clan. At this special opening event, the designated cultural assets of the Omotemon front gate and the Hondo main hall will be open to the public. In addition, the Hojo garden which was restored from the original founding garden by Nakane Kinsaku, a landscaper who was active domestically and overseas during the Showa period, will also be opened.
Hondo Main Hall
Hondo Main Hall
The Hondo main hall, which is also designated as an important cultural asset, has been constructed with a hip-and-gabled roof commonly found in traditional Japanese architecture such as castles, shrines, and temples. It skilfully expresses the features of the Muromachi period architectural style. The Hiwadabuki roof made from the bark of cypress trees is lower than that of modern temples, giving the impression of stability as well as a grace found nowhere else. Items deeply related to the Hatakeyama and Maeda clans, as well as beautiful Fusama sliding doors painted by Suiboku-ga ink painter Muraishi Beisai are stored within the hall.
Hojo Garden
Hojo Garden
This Hojo garden, which was lost when the temple fell to ruin in the Sengoku period, was restored by the landscaper Nakane Kinsaku when the Hojo abbot’s quarters were demolished for repair. With the arrangement of the pine trees and stone structures in the white sand, the garden symbolizes the Chinese divine world of immortal hermits on Mt. Penglai. A tree named Baidaraju is planted in the west side of the garden. In Sanskrit, Baidaraju means tree leaves, and as its leaves were used to transcribe sutras in ancient India, they appear to be cherished by temples. In May, as the Satsuki azaleas begin to bloom, you can enjoy a different atmosphere in the garden.
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Photography in the temple precinct is not prohibited outside the garden. 

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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The Hondo main hall and Hojo garden were beautiful and incredible, but what I was really captivated by was the Ikebana arranged flower in the Chōzubachi water basin in front of the tea room. Apparently, the wife of the head monk regularly arranges the flowers. Its charm was so beautiful and captivating that it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that you can just to see it. When I went, the flowers of Japanese plum and camellias had been arranged, but depending on the time when you visit, I think there will probably be different flowers arranged, such as Sakura cherry blossoms or Satsuki azaleas, so please don’t miss having a look when you visit here yourself.
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There is a very Japanese atmosphere to the famous Hojo garden and the important cultural asset of the Hondo main hall. Especially with the ingenious configuration of white sand and stone in the Karesuisan rock garden that symbolizes the Chinese mountain of immortals, Mt. Penglai, I was able to relax and enjoy my time. In the west of the garden, there is a "Kinshinto" and a grave mound, and in the north, a tea room. This is a sight that cannot be seen anywhere else. Although it was winter when we visited, it was green and vibrant! The special opening is only from March 16th to June 9th. Those who come to Kyoto during this period may wish to add it to their itinerary!
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Daitoku-ji Kohrin-in Special Opening Event / 大徳寺 興臨院 特別公開
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Address 80 Murasakino Daitokuji-Cho, Kita-Ku, Kyoto city
Directions City bus from Kyoto station Karasuma Exit Take bus 206 headed for Kitaoji Bus Terminal via Daitoku-ji Temple from platform A3. Get off at Daitoku-ji Mae and walk 7 minutes (Takes an estimate of 55 min). Catch the 205 bus headed for Kitaoji Bus Terminal via Kinkaku-ji Temple from platform B3. Get off at Daitoku-ji Mae and walk 7 minutes (Takes an estimate of 60 min). Subway and City bus from Kyoto station At Kyoto station, catch the subway Karasuma line headed for Kokusai Kaikan → Get off at Kitaoji station. Catch buses 1・101・102・204・205・206 from platform Blue at the Kitaoji bus terminal. Get off at Daitoku-ji Mae and walk 7 minutes (Takes an estimate of 35 min).
Event time 10:00~16:30(Entry closes) *Closed Days 9/23
Cancellations When a storm warning or heavy rain warning is judged dangerous to visitors or for the protection of the cultural artifacts, the temple may close without prior warning. Any closures will be announced on their official homepage.
Price range
Adult: 600 yen Elementary to High school student: 400 yen
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English pamphlets are available. Please reference the English on their website.
Information English pamphlets available
Lanuages spoken Simple English only
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