Shorenin Temple, Kyoto

Shorenin Monzeki Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto is the temple of Tendai sect. “Monzeki” is a general term for the temple where the Imperial Family and the Imperial Court act as a chief priest. It is a very prestigious temple and it is counted in both Kyoto’s three major Monzeki and Kyoto Gokashitsu Monzeki.
The Imperial Household and the priest of the Sekkan-ke graduate (the families which produced regents and chief advisers to the Emperor) have acted as the chief priest from generation to generation, and the present chief priest is also the master of the former royal family.

The site of Shorenin Monzeki is over 3000 square meters, and its whole is designated as a historical site of the country. In the precincts there are five trees of Camphor trees designated as a natural treasure in Kyoto City, as well as famous as the landmarks of autumn leaves and cherry blossoms.
A period is divided in spring and autumn, and the light up of the garden and the night viewing are performed, and you can enjoy a different fantastic atmosphere from the daytime.

Nagaya-mon gate of Shorenin Monzeki Temple has relocated the gates of the former palace where Empress Meisho lived. It is built in front of the entrance on the right hand side and is surrounded by big trees. This camphor tree is the one designated as a natural treasure in Kyoto city and is a famous name which Shinran Shonin planted.

Shorenin Monzeki’s cathedral is wonderfully majestic for its Jikaku (Status of the Temple). The present Buddhist temple group was built in early stages of the Edo period also in the oldest buildings, and the things before them do not remain. Still, if you look around the precincts, the height of Jikaku and the style of history are fully felt. Since the precincts of the temple are large, it is recommended taking time to observe it.
The Kacho-den (drawing room) is a building corresponding to Kyakuden (reception hall) in a general temple. The garden of “Soami” (three great artists of the ‘Ami’ school) to look out from this building is particularly popular and beautiful.

The garden of “Soami” is the most popular place for visitors in the main garden of Shorenin Temple.
It was built in the Muromachi period, the Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a stroke-style garden around a big pond) centered on the pond called “Ryushinchi”. The “Ryushinchi” pond is famous for its beauty, but artificial hill centering around the high masonry waterfall located on the south side of the opposite shore is also brilliant. Not only a flower but many trees are planted, a cherry tree in spring and autumnal leaves in autumn can be enjoyed.


Name:Shorenin Temple
Address:Awataguchisanjobocho 69-1 Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035 Japan
Access:Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai-sen Line “Higashiyama-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)
Tel:(+81) 75-561-2345
Price:Adults, 500 yen; Grade 7-12 students, 400 yen; Younger pupils, 200 yen
Please refer the official web page.
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