Myoshin-Ji Temple in Hanazono, Kyoto
Myoshin-ji, the largest Zen temple in Kyoto, has the most typical arrangement of a large Zen temple. Chokushi-mon gate, San-mon gate, Butsuden hall and Hatto hall stand in a straight line.
The Rinzai-shu sect temple has about 40 sub-temples in its precinct and some others outside, which include ultra famous Ryoan-ji. Three of its sub-temples in the precinct are open to the public most of the year. These are Taizo-in, Keishun-in and Daishin-in.
On the ceiling of Hatto hall is a painting of a Dragon that is a masterpiece of Kano Tan'yu. The bell, a national treasure, is now being kept in Hatto hall. It is famous for its beautiful sound but only a recording can be heard.
In the year 1337, Ex-Emperor Hanazono's detached palace was converted into a Zen temple that was named Myoshin-ji..
In the year 1399, the Rinzai-shu sect temple was confiscated by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu who was enraged at revolt by a warlord related to the temple. Myoshin-ji was revived in the year 1432. The temple was reduced to ashes by fires of Onin civil war in 1467. In the year 1477, Ex-Emperor Tsuchimikado ordered to rebuild the temple. Construction of all the temple buildings were completed in 1658.
How to get there
- 12 minutes from Kyoto station to Hanazono station on JR railway San'in Honsen line (Sagano Line). Then 7 minutes on foot to Minami-Somon (the south gate).
- 3 minutes on foot to the north gate from Myoshin-ji station of Keifuku Railway Kitano Line.
- 1 minute on foot to the north gate from Myoshin-ji-Kitamon-Mae bus stop of Kyoto City Bus No. 91 or 93, or JR Bus.
- 4 minutes on foot to the south gate from Myoshin-ji-Mae bus stop of Kyoto City Bus No. 91 or 93, or Kyoto Bus No. 61, 62, 63 or 65.
Hours and Admission
The precinct is free for admission
Guided Tour to Hatto hall and the steam bath house:
Note: They occasionally close the tour so ask the temple beforehand.
9:10 - 11:40 (every 20 minutes)
13:00 - 15:40 (every 20 minutes)
A person older than those listed below: 500 yen
Junior High School Students (7th to 9th graders): 300 yen
Elementary schoolchildren (1st to 6th graders): 100 yen
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