Iwakura Jissoin Temple is a beautiful place where you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the floor where the fresh greenery is reflected in spring and the autumn leaves are reflected in autumn. Although it is located in the north of Kyoto, it is a popular spot where there are no days when tourists do not visit. It’s not big at all, but it also brings out Kyoto. It is a temple with a calm atmosphere known to those who know that you can enjoy the wonderful scenery of the seasons including “the Red Leaf Floor”. Moreover, it is a prestigious temple where the royal family has served as a resident for generations.
Iwakura Jissoin is a prestigious temple with a history of about 800 years. Jinshoin is famous for the beautiful scenery of “the Red Leaf Floor”, but it is packed with highlights such as the splendid scenery of the seasons, the rock garden overlooking Oku Hiei, and the goods granted by the Imperial Palace.
It is quietly located in a quiet residential area and is just a short walk from Hiei Dentetsu Railway “Iwakura Station”.
The “Green Leaf Floor” and “Red Leaf Floor”, where the maple trees in the garden are reflected on the floor, are especially featured in TV and travel magazines. Also became famous. Therefore, many tourists come to see this beautiful scenery in autumn.
“Jissoin Temple” is an independent temple of the former Tendai sect. The principal image of Jissoin contains the “Wooden standing statue of Fudo Myoo”, which is reportedly made during the Kamakura period. Jissoin benefits from child-rearing, good relations, and sick healing, so please do not only visit the beautiful scenery but also worship.
The official name of Jissoin is “Jissoin Monzeki”. The name “Monzeki Temple” refers to a prestigious temple in which the people who inherited the blood of the imperial family, such as the prince and imperial family, served as the resident of the temple.
There are five white lines in the real temple. This shows that it is a prestigious temple and has received great support from the royal family for generations. The front gate “Yotsuashimon Gate” (four-legged gate), the “Okurumayose entrance” and “Kyakuden” (guest hall) next to the entrance, which are still in use, have been transferred from Kyoto Imperial Palace.
The spectacular view called “Green Leaf Floor” and “Red Leaf Floor” is a beautifully shining floor of the Taki-no-Ma, the guest hall of Jissoin. This is the scenery where maple is reflected beautifully like a water mirror.
Moreover, you can enjoy a completely different taste depending on the season, so it is a must-see. However, please note that photography is prohibited to protect cultural properties.
You can enjoy the changing season slowly
There is the word “the Green Leaf Floor” or “the Red Leaf Floor” or “the Snow Floor”. Outside maple trees appearing on the Jissoin Temple ‘s “Waterfall Room” (Taki-no-ma) floorboards will show you the expression “Dark green for the fresh green season, Crimson for the season of autumn leaves, Snow-clad for the season of midwinter”. The nickname attached to this beautiful landscape is “the Green Leaf Floor” or “the Red Leaf Floor” or “the Snow Floor”. There are two Japanese gardens with different taste in the precincts, and you can enjoy the changing season slowly.
The beautiful scenery
Jissoin is a Monzeki temple (a temple where the head priest is a member of the imperial family) located in northern Iwakura, Kyoto. You can see the beautiful scenery like “the Yukamidori” (Green Floor) from a season of the fresh green before a season of colored leaves, “Yukamomiji” (Floor of Autumn Leaves) after autumn colors began, “Yukigesho” (Snow Floor) in winter. There are historical materials and a lot of highlight including the garden.
The imperial family had served
Among the Kyoto temple, Jissoin seems super-talented , but it is not so much integrated into the tourism course for access is a little bad .
But, you can spend slow time in this place. A person of the imperial family had served as the chief priest , there is a great thing in this place.
Famous for the beauty of “Yukamomiji”
Iwakura-Jissoin is famous for the beauty of “Yukamomiji” which is seen at the time of colored leaves.
The wooden floor, which leads from the verandah to the room, has been polished up during many years and shine black, it projects green of trees in the early summer, and illuminates the colored leaves of the garden in autumn. The beauty which you looked at it from inside of the dark room is particular.
Present from the sky
“Yukigesho” which is seen only in a snowy day. Snow is piled up to a branch of Kaede fallen leaves, and reflecting on the floor. It is difficult to see whitout all of the conditions being met, so the beauty of it should be right called even a present from the sky. Anyway, contrast of the snowy white and the black of the floor with luster is splendid.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Iwakura Jissoin Temple
|Iwakuraagura-cho121, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto 606-0017
|Eizandentetsu Kurama-sen Line “Iwakura-eki Station” (16 minutes walk)
|500 yen (Adult)
250 yen (Junior High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.