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Jojakko-ji Temple

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Feeling the Buddhism world at the Arashiyama
On the halfway of Mt. Ogura at the Arashiyama area, Jojakko-ji Temple is located. It is said that the temple that will be surrounded by red colored maples in autumn looks like an exactly Buddhism cosmos. The temple is a Nichiren sect. and was founded by the monk, Nisshin (1561-1617) for spending his life of retirement in 1596. He was selected the top ranked monk at the Honkoku-ji Temple in Kyoto when he was only 18 years old. Since he was really loved by a lot of locals in Kyoto, he got the premises and was able to found the temple. One of the highlights in the site is the pagoda. It is so nicely shaped 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 go up to the top, we highly recommend you taking trainers on! It is just like climbing on a small mountain, but there are a lot of attractions on the way! It must be worth going up to the top and an unbelievable view will makes you feel absolutely refreshed!!
Taho-to (2 story Pagoda)
Taho-to (2 story Pagoda)
It was donated by Kyoto locals. In autumn, the Pagoda is surrounded by vivid red color maples! This is the first viewing spot in the site. It is very good to take a photo of it, but try to look back and see the Kyoto city feeling the heart of Nisshin.
Hon-den (main hall)
Hon-den (main hall)
It was the guest house of Momoyama castle. The behind the hall, there is a garden with a pond. It is small, but so nice to see and take a photo of it with the main hall!
Strolling on Sueyoshi slope
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Strolling on Sueyoshi slope
You would be impressed with this extraordinary moss surface! Although you are in a part of Kyoto, the area is as if it was separated from Kyoto. Moss lovers come there and why not talk about it together?
Looking over  the city of Kyoto from the top of the site!
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Looking over the city of Kyoto from the top of the site!
There is an observatory area on the top of the site. You can see magnificent scenery with cityscape of Kyoto from there! It takes less than 20 minutes to arrive there, but the slopes are really steep! please go up slowly while enjoying the nature.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not enter the moss area in order to keep beautiful
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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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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Jojakkoji Temple is a 10-minute walk from the center of Arashiyama, on Mt. Ogurayama. This mountain is famous for its autumn leaves, and there are over 200 maple trees on the temple grounds too, so in autumn the temple is really beautiful in red and yellow. This is one of the spots I would like to heartily recommend in Kyoto during the autumn leaves season.
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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
A staff at the entrance is so kind and try to tell you about the temple in English. The English brochure is available.
Information Japanese, English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only

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