Dec. 04, 2018 UPDATE

Rokkakudo Temple

- 六角堂 -
A temple with tranquil atmosphere in the business district
Karasuma area is known as a business district in Kyoto and it is usually very busy. However, if you come to Rokkakudo Temple, you may feel the tranquil and calm atmosphere in the center of this busy district. This temple was established by Shotoku Taishi who was a semi-legendary regent and a politician of the Asuka period in Japan. It is also known as the birthplace of Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement, as a famous monk dedicated arranged flowers every morning and night. There are many pretty jizo, the guardian deity of children, in this temple, so please check them out!
Main Hall Of The Temple
Main Hall Of The Temple
It is a main hall of the temple where you can pray. When you visit here in early morning, you can hear a monk chanting while hitting a wooden block. In the middle of the temple, there is a bowl of incense where smoke is coming out. If you would like to put an incense for praying, please put coins to the box and take the incense.
The name of Rokkakudo is originated from the figure of this temple as it looks like a hexagon (rokkaku) when you see it from above. To see the overview of this temple, please use an elevator on West 18, the building next to it. As the elevator is glassed-in, you may have fun looking at this unique figure from above!
Draw Your Fortune
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Draw Your Fortune
As Rokkakudo Temple is famous for pigeons, the figure of fortune slips is a pigeon. You can bring the pigeon figures back to your home. As it is so cute, you can put it in your room as well. The fortune slip indicates the fortune in ranges from Daikyo (a great misfortune) to Daikichi (an excellent luck). If it was a bad luck, it is better to tie it in the tree as it is believed that you can receive a power from deity of the temple and shrine.
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Enjoy Cherry Blossoms
In spring, you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in this temple! In the center of a business district, you may feel relieved by looking at cherry blossoms in a tranquil atmosphere. It is beautiful to see this cherry blossoms in a historical temple. Please visit there when you are around!
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Rokkaku-do Temple is by a big office building. The temple is famous for their omikuji fortune slips with doves on them. You can see the temple also through the glass wall of the elevator of the building by the temple, and the roof of the temple is really hexagonal (rokkaku)!
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Rokkaku-do Temple is surrounded by tall office buildings. When you go in, you are suddenly transported from the bustle of the city to a quiet respite. The cute dove omikuji fortune slips of this temple are famous, but they also sell other souvenirs with doves on them!
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Rokkakudo temple is definitely worth seeing! The colors all remind me of Tibetan temples, and there are so many Buddha-statues that it is hard to keep count of them. I also got my temple stamp book here, and they even wrote "goshuincho" in Chinese characters on my book.
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Rokkakudo Temple / 六角堂
Category Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-221-2686
Address 248, Donomaecho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8134
Directions 3-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike station on Subway Karasuma Line (Exit 5)
Open Hours 6am - 5pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed None
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
There is a short English description of this temple on the wall of a main temple
Information There is a short English description of this temple on the wall of the main temple
Lanuages spoken Japanese only

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