Shinkyogoku Shopping District’s Seigan-ji Temple is famous for its history of nuns and Rakugo
Seigan-ji Temple is located in the middle of the restaurants and souvenir shops of the busy Shinkyogoku Shopping District. Seigan-ji is the main temple of the Seizan Fukakusa sect of Jodo Buddhism. The history of this temple goes back to the Asuka period (592-710 AD) and thanks to its central location it has since played an important role in the lives of the locals. This temple was originally in Nara, but during the Heian period was moved to Kyoto to its present location when the daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi restored the Teramachi area after it was burned down in the flames of war.
This temple is also famous for the many women who became nuns here, like Sei Shonagon and Izumi Shikibu. Also, the high priest of the temple, Sakuden Shonin (also known as Anrakuan Sakuden) is known as the father of Rakugo, a form of traditional Japanese comedy. For this reason the temple is known as a place where you can pray for entertainment prowess and there is a Rakugo event held every October.