Komyo-in temple

Komyo-in, one of Tofuku-ji's sub-temples, has a good modern karesansui (dry landscape garden) that was laid out by Shigemori Mirei in 1939. Shigemori designed the garden with three Buddhist triads and many rocks that are placed on lines drawn from the large stone in the middle of the garden. Those lines are likened to rays from the Buddha.

The name of the Zen temple, "Komyo", consists of two kanji (Chinese characters) that are "ko", light of the sun and "myo", light of the moon or stars as Buddhist terms. If combined, these mean the light given off from the body of Buddha, or wisdom / mercy of Buddha.


Kinzan Myosho founded this temple in 1391.

How to get to Komyo-in

Two minutes of walk from Rokuhara-mon (south gate) of Tofuku-ji.

Hours and Admission


November: 300 yen
Other months: a donation would be appreciated.


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The entrance gate of Komyo-in Hashin-tei garden Another view of Hashin-tei garden
The entrance gate of Komyo-in.
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The Karesansui garden looked from Hondo (the main hall).
November 27, 2008
Another angle of Hashin-tei garden. The building on the far right is Hondo.
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Sanzon Ishigumi 1 Sanzon Ishigumi 2 Sanzon Ishigumi 3
One of three Sanzon Ishigumi (Buddhist triad stone arrangement) that is in the north end of the garden.
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Another Sanzon Ishigumi in the middle of Hashin-tei.
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The third Sanzon Ishigumi, that is in the south side of the garden.
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Hashintei-garden A stone wash basin A round window
The karesansui garden.
November 27, 2008
A stone wash basin.
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The south Sanzon Ishigumi seen through a round window.
November 27, 2008