Feel the world of Buddhism in Arashiyama
Jojakko-ji Temple is located halfway up Mt. Ogura in the Arashiyama area. It is said that this temple, which is surrounded by red maples leaves in autumn, looks exactly like the Buddhist cosmos. The temple is of the Nichiren sect and was founded by the monk, Nisshin, (1561-1617) for him to spend his life after retirement in 1596. Nisshin was selected the top ranked monk at the Honkoku-ji Temple in Kyoto when he was only 18 years old. Since he was loved by a lot of locals in Kyoto, he received these premises and was able to found the temple. One of the highlights of this temple is the pagoda. Its shape is so exquisite that it is thought to be the most beautiful Pagoda in Japan. The temple is built along the slope of Mt. Ogura, so if you are going up to the top, we highly recommend you wear comfortable footwear! It’s like climbing a small mountain, but there are a lot of things to see on the way up! It’s totally worth going to the top for the unbelievable view that will make you feel completely refreshed!!
Taho-to (2 story Pagoda)
Taho-to (2 story Pagoda)
The Taho-to (2 story Pagoda) was donated by Kyoto locals. In autumn, the Pagoda is surrounded by vividly red maple leaves! This is the top sightseeing spot in the entire temple precinct. It’s amazing for taking photos and take a look back at the view of the sprawling Kyoto city to feel the soul of the monk Nisshin.
Hon-den (main hall)
Hon-den (main hall)
The Hon-den (main hall) was the guest house for the Momoyama castle. Behind the hall there is a garden with a pond. It’s small, but it’s nice to sit down and view. It also works amazingly with the main hall so please feel free to take photos.
Strolling up the Sueyoshi slope
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Strolling up the Sueyoshi slope
You will be impressed by the extraordinary moss here! Although you are still in Kyoto, this area feels like it’s completely separated from Kyoto. Lovers of moss gather here, so why not strike up a conversation with them and have a chat about it?
Look over Kyoto city from the top of the temple!
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Look over Kyoto city from the top of the temple!
There is a look out area at the top of the temple’s precinct. From there you can see amazing scenery of the cityscape of Kyoto! It takes less than 20 minutes to get there, but the hills and slopes are really steep! Please go slowly and enjoy the nature while you take your time going up.
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Please do not enter the mossy areas in order to keep them beautiful
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When you enter the temple, your eyes are filled with a sense of green. If you walk to the observatory, you can have a panoramic view of Kyoto city. In fine weather, you can even see Kyoto Tower in the distance! During the autumn leaves season, this place is full of people who have come to see the maple trees. Jojakko-ji Temple covered with yellow and red maple leaves is a sight that I recommend everyone to come and see. There are many steps in the temple, so we recommend that you should wear comfortable shoes.
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Jojakko-ji Temple / 常寂光寺
Category Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +810 75-861-0435
Address 3, Sagaogurayama Oguracho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8397
Directions 15-minute walk from JR San-in main Line (Sagano Line) Saga-Arashiyama Stn. 20-minute walk from Keifuku-Arashiyama Line Arashiyama Stn.
Open Hours 9am - 5pm (Entry until 4:30pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The staff at the entrance are so kind and will try their best to tell you about the temple in English. English brochures are available too.
Information Japanese, English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
URL1 http://www.jojakko-ji.or.jp/
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