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Places of interest in the vicinity

Kozan-ji temple in Toganoo

Kozan-ji Temple, being also called as Toganoo-san, belongs to the Shingon school of Buddhism and is dedicated to Shaka Nyorai Buddha. It was registered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto in 1994.

Primary attraction of this temple would be a national treasure, Sekisui-in building. Replicas of national treasures are displayed in the building. Those are the "Choju Jinbutsu Giga", a series of animal caricatures said to have been drawn by Toba Sojo (1053-1140), and a painting called "Myoe Shonin Jujo Zazen-zu".

If you would like to walk in fresh forest scent, this would be a good place for you.

Kozan-ji holds a large number of treasures, including about 10,000 Important Cultural Assets as well as eight National Treasures including those mentioned above.

History of Kozan-ji

Tradition has it that Kozan-ji was founded in 774 by the order of the Emperor Konin (709-782), at which time the temple was named "Shingan-ji Togaobo". It is said that the name was changed to Kozan-ji after the temple was revived in 1206 by priest Myoe (1173-1232) as a training hall for reviving the Kegon school of Buddhism by the order of the retired Emperor Gotoba (1180-1239).

Priest Myoe was given a few seeds of tea plant by Zen master Eisai (1141-1215) and planted them in the temple's ground at the beginning of the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), launching the spread of tea cultivation throughout the country. In recognition of this history, tea producers from Uji make an offering of new tea in front of the temple's Shoninbyo mausoleum each year on November 8th.

The above information is based on what is displayed in front of the temple by Kyoto City

How to get to Kozan-ji

Take a JR bus bound for Toganoo or Shuzan from Kyoto Station. It takes about an hour. Intermediate stops include Shijo-Omiya, Ryoan-ji-mae, Takao and Makinoo.

Hours and Admission

09:00-17:00

600 yen for Sekisui-in. Additional 400 yen to enter the precinct during the season of autumn leaves.

Photos/Pictures

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The sole public transport from Kyoto City center to Toganoo is JR Bus. The bus in this photo is the one at the Toganoo bus stop.
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A restaurant beside Toganoo bus stop.
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The rear approach to Kozan-ji.
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Stone steps of the rear approach to Kozan-ji.
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The gate of Sekisui-in.
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A wooden figure of a boy called Zenzai-doji along with irises in Sekisui-in.
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Autumn leaves looked through windows of Sekisui-in. The figure is Zenzai-doji.
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Visitors sit on the floor and look at autumn leaves.
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Windows of Sekisui-in.
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A tatami room of Sekisui-in. A picture hanged on the back left wall is a replica of a painting of Priest Myoe that is a national treasure.
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Verandah of Sekisui-in
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The retired Emperor Gotoba's handwriting. The name of this temple, "Kozan-ji", came from the two Kanji character on the upper left that mean "high mountain".
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Part of the "Choju Jinbutsu Giga", a series of animal caricatures that are said to have been drawn by the highest priest Toba Sojo. The originals are entrusted to Tokyo and Kyoto national museums and replicas are displayed here.
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Another part of the "Choju Jinbutsu Giga".
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A stone monument is in front of a tea patch. It is inscribed with "the oldest tea field of Japan."
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Kaisan-do. A life-sized statue of priest Myoe is enshrined in the hall. The original hall was burned down by a fire of war and current one was rebuilt in around 1717.
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Gobyo or Shoninbyo, the tomb of priest Myoe.
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Bussoku-seki, carved footprints of Buddha.
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Kondo, the main hall that is said to have been moved from Nin'na-ji in 1634.
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The approach to Kondo looked from Kondo.
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The approach to Kondo.
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