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Daihonzan Myoshin-ji Temple大本山 妙心寺


The head temple of the roughly 3,400 Rinzai Myoshin Buddhist temples nationwide, located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple, once an imperial villa, was opened as a Zen temple in 1337 per the wishes of Emperor Hanazono. Thereafter, the temple prospered under the cordial worship of daimyos from the Toyotomi and Tokugawa clans. The temple is also veritably surrounded by 46 sub temples such as the lecture hall as well as the triple temple gate and sanctum, Important Cultural Properties. The temple bell, National Treasure, is the oldest bell in Japan to be inscribed with date it was crafted. The temple also houses numerous treasures and the Image of a Dragon and Clouds by Kano Tan’yu on the ceiling of the lecture hall is a must-see.

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place Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Hanazonomyoushinjichou 64
phone 0754615226



Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Hanazonomyoushinjichou 64 [map]



[Gallery of the ceiling of the hall, the bell of the National Treasure, the admission fee of the bath (Akechi bath)] 9:10-11:50, 12:30, 13:00-15:40 Guided at intervals of 20 minutes
open everyday (Motoyama event Sunday is an admission fee for the substitute kite)
Precincts freedom (Individual head of the tower and the Hall of the admission fee is required admission fee to worship)
[Horong and ceiling cloud dragon figure, national treasure bell bell, bath (Akechi bath) of admission fee to worship] Adults 500 yen, Junior High School Students 300 yen, Elementary School Students 100yen
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Kyoto Main Areas


Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.