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Places of interest in the vicinity

Enko-ji temple

The stone paved approach through sanmon gate toward hondo (the main hall) of Enko-ji is in the light and like a path in an open space. On the other hand, beyond the small inner gate, it has a quite different atmosphere created by its beautiful garden.

The moss covered garden of this rather obscure temple is called Jugyu-no-niwa (ten bulls garden). Its vivid red leaves in autumn and fresh green leaves in spring make the ikeniwa (pond garden) very attractive.

History of Enko-ji

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) founded this temple in 1601 in Fushimi as a school to educate samurai and priests. It was just one year after he won the crucial battle in Sekigahara and came to power. The ninth principal of Ashikaga school, priest San'yo Genkitsu was assigned as the first principal of the new temple.

Tokugawa shogunate moved the temple to the present site in 1667. From Meiji era (1868-1912) until recently the Rinzai sect temple was a nunnery. Now, it is a dojo of Nanzen-ji temple.

How to get to Enko-ji

  • 38 minutes from JR Kyoto station to Ichijoji-Sagarimatsu-cho on Kyoto City Bus No. 5, then 10 minutes on foot toward the hill.

Hours and Admission

9:00 -16:30
Closed December 28 to 31.

All except the following: 400 yen,
Junior high school students (7th to 9th graders) and high school students: 300 yen,
Elementary school pupils (1st to 6th graders): 200 yen
Children under school age: free.

Photos / Pictures

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The entrance gate The approach Hondo, the main hall
Sanmon gate.
April 29, 2008
The approach looked from the sanmon gate.
April 29, 2008
Hondo, the main hall.
April 29, 2008
Genkan, the entrance hall of Hondo Fusuma-e painting in the genkan Hondo and the garden
Genkan, the entrance hall of Hondo.
April 29, 2008
Fusuma-e painting in the genkan.
April 29, 2008
Hondo on the left and the garden on the right.
April 29, 2008
Tatami room of Hondo Suikinkutsu The garden with fresh green leaves
Tatami room of Hondo.
April 29, 2008
Suikinkutsu, an instrument to make drips of water sound like a small bell.
April 29, 2008
The garden with fresh green leaves.
April 29, 2008
Visitors looking at the garden of Enko-ji Autumn leaves and ishidoro, a stone lantern Fallen leaves cover the ground of the garden
Visitors looking at the garden of Enko-ji
November 25, 2002
Autumn leaves and ishidoro, a stone lantern. Being wet with rain, the red leaves look darker.
November 25, 2002
Fallen leaves cover the ground of the moss garden.
November 25, 2002