Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Daitoku-ji Oubai-in Temple Special Opening Event

- 大徳寺 黄梅院 特別公開 -
Period2019/3/23 ~ 2019/5/19
VenueDaitoku-ji Oubai-in
A moment of calm at a Zen temple deeply linked to the Sengoku warlords
The usually closed Daitoku-ji Oubai-in Temple will hold a special opening this spring! Oubai-in is a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, the main temple of the Daitoku-ji faction of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. When Oda Nobunaga, a warlord active during the Sengoku period, visited Kyoto for the first time, he began building a small hermitage, called "Oubai-an" for his father. After the death of Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a retainer of the Nobunaga family, gradually expanded the hermitage and made it into the “Oubai-in” temple. At this special opening, the “Jikichutei” garden created by the tea master, Sen no Rikyū, who was active at the same time as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the oldest existing Kuri (monk's living quarters and kitchen) of all Zen temples, will be open to the public.
Sen no Rikyū’s “Jikichutei” Garden
Sen no Rikyū’s “Jikichutei” Garden
The Jikichutei garden was created by Sen no Rikyū, who was responsible for the establishment and spreading of tea ceremonies in Japan. The moss covered garden may not have the most vibrant atmosphere to it, but it has elegance and charm. Rikyū taught "Spend the winter warm and the summer cool”, meaning “Cherish the feeling of the seasons”, and "Plant flowers as they are in the fields”, meaning “respect life”, as methods and preparation for tea ceremonies. You can feel the spirit of Rikyū in this garden with its beautiful, well-maintained moss and seasonal plants. When viewing the garden, we recommend you take your time taking it in from various places and angles. Please enjoy the way the impression of the garden changes little by little depending on where and how you view it.
Kuri (monk's living quarters and kitchen)
Kuri (monk's living quarters and kitchen)
The Kuri is one of the buildings in a Buddhist temple and serves as the monks’ living quarters and kitchen. Also, this is the oldest standing Zen Buddhist Kuri in Japan, and is a designated important cultural site. Currently, it goes unused, but it is deeply moving to think that monks actually used and lived in this space in the past. You might be able to enjoy it even more if you think of the way they might have lived when you visit this space.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -

・Excluding the Zentei front garden, photography is prohibited in the temple precinct.

・For the restroom, please use the one located in the Daitoku-ji car park.

・There is no wheelchair access due to the structure of the buildings. 

・For those who utilize a cane to walk, the temple provides cane covers for you.

・Please always follow the staff’s instructions while inside the temple precinct. 

If it judged you are interfering with the viewing of the temple, they will ask you to leave upon returning the admission fee. 

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This temple, with its quiet and unclouded atmosphere that floats throughout, has a curious charm to it, like you naturally begin to calm down just by being there. The two well-tended gardens might not have the most spectacular atmosphere, but they have a fantastic Japanese elegance to them. Please pay attention to the look of the plants and the beautiful green moss that lives here as you enjoy the garden.
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The very Japanese garden in Daitoku-ji Oubai-in is brimming with a beauty that calms the heart. My recommendation is the Fusuma sliding doors, with their ink paintings. The atmosphere of ancient times is incredible and I also thought the techniques used to preserve the old Japanese buildings were incredible too. It’s a little far from the bustling city, but as there aren’t many people there, you can relax and enjoy your time.
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Daitoku-ji Oubai-in Temple Special Opening Event / 大徳寺 黄梅院 特別公開
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Address 83-1 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 2019/3/23 ~ 2019/5/19 10:00~16:00(Entry closes)
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: 800 yen Elementary to High school student: 400 yen  Pre-school: Free (With an accompanying guardian)
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
URL1 https://kyotoshunju.com/?temple=daitokuji-oubaiin
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