Kodai-ji (Kodai Zen Temple) is a temple of Rinzai sect Kenninji school which Nene, who was a lawful wife of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (She was called ‘Kodaiin’ after becoming a nun), built in 1606 to pray for the repose of her husband’s soul. Hideyoshi wished for the unification of the whole country, and finally he became Kanpaku (chief adviser to the Emperor). Nene kept on supporting Hideyoshi for life.
At the time of construction of the Kodai-ji Temple, Ieyasu TOKUGAWA also cast a lot of money, it was a gorgeous temple with a vast site of over 300,000 square meters. After that, the scale was reduced by repeated fires and the Haibutsu-kishaku (a movement to abolish Buddhism) that was taking place in the Meiji era, but the six buildings designated as Important Cultural Properties and Kodai-ji Makie (Japanese lacquer) are still left now.
Enter the temple and walk down the route in order, there is a small building. This is a small tea room called “Iho-an”, which is said to be a tea ceremony built by Joeki Haiya, a rich trader of the Edo period, to commemorate his wife Yoshino Dayu. When crossing Iho-an, the garden spreads in front of you. The garden created by Enshu Kobori has Garyuchi Pond in the east and Engetsuchi Pond in the west, across the building called “Kaizan-do Hall” and is designated as a historical site of the country and the scenic garden. On the Engetsuchi Pond there is a “Kangetsudai” (Moon-viewing Pavilion) cherished by Hideyoshi, the moon to watch from there is very tender and heal the hearts of the viewers.
At Kodai-ji Temple, seasonal tea ceremonies are held throughout the year. This is due to Hideyoshi loving tea and tea ceremony well held. For that reason, there are several tea rooms in Kodai-ji Temple.
In the “Midnight tea ceremony at autumn night” held in the middle of autumn moon, the tea that enjoying the moon and insect sounds is exceptionally delicious.
The “Kodai-ji Temple”, which is known as the “Nene no Tera” (the temple of Nene) (“Nene” was the legal wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi), was built by Nene to pray for the repose of Hideyoshi’s soul supported by Ieyasu Tokugawa.
There are many Cha-shitsu (tea-ceremony rooms) and many important cultural properties in the vast precinct, it is one of the points the beauty of the view from the hill. Above all, in the temple of Otamaya (mausoleum) used the decoration called “Kodai-ji Maki-e” (lacquer), which is the splendid Momoyama style, you can see the figure that Nene equals Hideyoshi peacefully.
Because Kodai-ji has a strong imression of Nene, it has a woman’s touch and elegant feeling.
It is a luxurious composition because it was a place for herself to spend later years.
The temple is also a famous illuminated spot to view sakura (cherry) flowers in spring and colored leaves in autumn, and it pleases the eyes of the tourist.
The location is good, too, it is in a most popular spot where is at the foot of a hill called “Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo” (36 mountain range) with Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kennin-ji temple, Yasaka-jinja Shrine which the Gion festival is held in.
|Name:||Kodai-ji (Kodai Zen Temple)|
|Adresse:||Shimokawaracho 526 Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825 Japan|
|Access:||Keihan-honsen Line “Gion-Shijo-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|
|Price:||600 yen (Adult)
250 yen (Under 18 years old)
Free (Under 12 years old)
Please refer the official web page.