Manshu-in temple in Ichijo-ji/Shugaku-in area
Manshu-in has Katsura-Rikyu-like shoin buildings, Daishoin (Hondo) and Koshoin, that are important cultural properties. There are also a couple of good tea-ceremony rooms.
The Tendai-shu Monzeki (please see the note below) temple has also an excellent Karesansui (dry landscape) garden. The designer of the garden is unknown but Ryosho ho-shin'no (1623-1693) most probably participated in laying out. He was a son of Imperial Prince Toshihito (Hachijo-no-Miya), who built Katsura Rikyu.
NOTE: Monzeki is a temple of which the head priest has always been a member of the imperial family or of the nobility.
History of Manshu-in
Priest Saicho (Denkyo-Daishi, 767-822) founded a dojo (a training hall) in Hiei in Enryaku era (782-806) for protecting the nation by Buddhism. This was the beginning of Manshu-in. The temple was moved to Saito of Hiei-zan around the year 950 and called Tobibo. In the early 12th century, the name of the temple was changed to Manshu-in and a branch temple was established in Kitayama area. In the year 1656, Manshu-in was moved to the current site when Ryosho ho-shin'no was the head priest.
How to get to Manshu-in
- 39 minutes from JR Kyoto station to Ichijoji-shimizu-cho on Kyoto City Bus No. 5, then 20 minutes on foot toward the hill.
Hours and Admission
The box office will be closed at 16:30.
All except the following: 600 yen
High school students: 400 yen
Elementary school and junior high school students (1st to 9th graders): 300 yen
Children under school age: free.
Hasso-ken (a tea-ceremony room that is attached to Koshoin): 1000 yen (high school students or older only); reservation through telephone is required.
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