Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Daitoku-ji Soken-in Special Opening Event

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PeriodOnly on weekends and holidays from 2019/3/23 ~ 2019/5/19
VenueDaitoku-ji Soken-in
Think back on their way of life at the Oda Nobunaga family temple
The usually closed Daitoku-ji Soken-in temple will hold a special opening event this spring! Soken-in is a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, the main temple of the Daitoku-ji faction of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built this temple to pray for the soul of Oda Nobunaga. The temple’s name comes from Nobunaga’s legal name. “Soken” means “Seer of all” and if you look at that period, it appropriately represents his life, as Nobunaga strived for the unification of the whole country under one rule. Within Soken-in, there is a wooden statue of a sitting Oda Nobunaga dedicated by Hideyoshi which has been designated as an important cultural asset, the tombstones of the Nobunaga family and a beautiful, modern tea room. We defiantly recommend anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Oda Nobunaga to take this chance to visit this temple.
Wooden seated statue of Oda Nobunaga
Wooden seated statue of Oda Nobunaga
This important cultural asset made of wood sits in the Hondo main hall. This life size statue is approximately 115cm tall. It is said that this statue was produced by Toyotomi Hideyoshi for a Hoyo Buddhist memorial service to mark the first anniversary of Oda Nobunaga's death. Using cypress wood it was created by Kosei, the Sengoku period's first class Buddhist sculptor. Nobunaga's likeness is conveyed well through the piercing gaze of the statue’s glaring eyes.
The Nobunaga family tombstones
The Nobunaga family tombstones
In this temple you can see the Oda Nobunaga family tombstones. Not only Nobunaga himself, but the tombstones of his wife and children are here too. Nobunaga’s tombstone is the third from the left. Strictly speaking, this is not the official grave of Nobunaga. That is because Nobunaga’s body has never been found. For this reason, it means that Nobunaga is not actually buried here. However, these tombstones have been placed in memorial of the Nobunaga family There are many graves for Oda Nobunaga across Japan, but it is said that the only one Toyotomi Hideyoshi recognized was the one in Soken-in.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -

Photography in the temple precinct is not prohibited outside the garden. 

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

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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Within Kyoto there are many temples and shrines which worship Oda Nobunaga, however, there are only a few which house historically recognized graves. Although Nobunaga is not actually buried here, just by visiting, you get the feeling like you have received some kind of attachment to him. As this temple had actual connections to Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, you can look back on the way they might have lived, truly an experience you could only do in Kyoto. As this temple is usually closed to the public, definitely take this special opportunity to visit!
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In the Hondo main hall of the Soken-in in Daitoku-ji temple, you can see a wooden seated statue of Oda Nobunaga. The gravestones of the Nobunaga family are also in the temple grounds. I was really moved by Nobunaga’s wife’s tombstone being there too. As you can visit the graves of the Nobunaga family, I definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in Japanese history.
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Daitoku-ji Soken-in Special Opening Event / 大徳寺 総見院 特別公開
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Address 59 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 Only on weekends and holidays from 2019/3/23 ~ 2019/5/19 10:00~16:00(Entry closes) Open from 11:30 AM on the 4/7 Closed on May 5th There may be additional closed days due to legal affairs.
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 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-sokenin
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