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)
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)
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
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!
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.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not enter the mossy areas in order to keep them beautiful
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Jojakko-ji Temple / 常寂光寺
|Category||Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens|
|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)|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
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.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|