Apr. 14, 2020 UPDATE
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A temple with a tranquil atmosphere in a business area
The Karasuma area is known as the business district in Kyoto and is usually very busy. However, if you come to Rokkaku-do Temple, you can feel a tranquil and calm atmosphere in the center of this busy area. This temple was established by Shotoku Taishi who is 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
The main hall of the temple is where you can pray. When you visit here early in the 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 comes out of. If you would like to put a stick of incense in the bowl for prayer, please put coins in the box before taking the incense.
The name Rokkaku-do originates from the shape of the temple as it looks like a hexagon (rokkaku) when you see it from above. To see a bird’s eye view of this temple, please use the elevator in West 18, the building next door. As the elevator has glass windows, you can enjoy looking at the unique shape of the temple from above!
Draw Your Fortune
As Rokkaku-do Temple is famous for doves, the figures that come with the fortunes are doves. You can take the dove figures home and it’s so cute, you could put it in your room as well. The fortune slips indicate fortunes ranging from Daikyo (Great misfortune) to Daikichi (Excellent luck). If you pull bad luck, it is best to tie it on the tree as it is believed that you can receive power from the deity of the temple and shrine.
Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms
In spring, you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in this temple! You can relax in a tranquil atmosphere under the cherry blossoms in the middle of this business district. The cherry blossoms of this historical temple look beautiful. Please visit if you are around!