The Sennyu-ji Temple in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi is the Shingon sect Sennyu-ji group’s head temple. There are multiple Imperial mausoleums of the Emperor in the site and is called Mitera because it is a family temple of the Imperial Household. It is famous also for having deified the Yang-Kuei-fei Kannon besides “Sanze-Butsu” (Shaka Nyorai, Amida Nyorai and Miroku Nyorai) of the principal image. It is said that the Yang-Kuei-fei Kannon has divine favor, such as beauty prayer and a good match, and gains popularity recently as the sacred place of beauty and matchmaking.
The precincts of Sennyu-ji Temple with the long history have abundant trees. A cherry tree in spring and brilliant autumnal leaves in autumn are proud of their beauty.
The autumnal leaves of the Sennyu-ji Temple is one of the “Sixty-six Sceneries of Kyoto’s Colored Leaves” as well as the Tofuku-ji Temple in the neighborhood. In the spring, not only Someiyoshino but also Shidarezakura and double cherry-blossoms bloom beautifully. The flower can be enjoyed till the middle of April and it is the popular cherry-blossom-viewing spot from not only the tourist but also the local people.
The Gozasho Teien (garden of imperial office room) is the small garden made from the southeast of Gozasho to the south side of the palace. The contrast of moss and white sand is brilliant and the tasteful stone lantern is put on the ridge of the pond. Many trees and flowers are also planted and it is the garden which can see the different beauty seasonally.
The Sennyu-ji Temple was defined as the Imperial Household’s prayer place from Emperor Go-horikawa in 1224. Then, since the Imperial mausoleum of Emperor Gohorikawa and coming Emperor Shijo was built in this site, the temple serves as the Imperial Household’s family temple, and came to be called “Mitera”.
The Sennyu-ji Temple prospered very much as a family temple of the Imperial Household even after it was the Edo era. In the Meiji era, the Imperial mausoleum of the Emperor no longer has been built, but the temple is continuing prospering till the present, without people’s faith declining.
|Address:||Sennyujiyamanouchicho 27 Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0977 Japan|
|Access:||JR Nara-sen Line “Tofukuji-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|
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