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Jakkoin Temple (寂光院)

This temple is in Ohara, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, and is famous for its ties to the Tale of the Heike Legend. Exact details of the temple's establishment are unknown but it is said to have been constructed by Shotoku Taishi in 594 to ensure his father's, Emperor Youmei's, happiness in the next life. Taira no Tokuko, also Kenreimon-in, daughter of Taira no Kiyomori, wife of Emperor Takakura and mother of Emperor Antoku, survived her drowning suicide attempt at the battle of Dan-no-Ura. Afterwards she became a nun secluded within the temple to pray for the happiness of her son and Tira clan in the next life. On the grounds are a pond and cherry trees associated with visits from Cloistered Emperor Goshirakawa and the Tale of the Heike and the changing autumn colors provide beautiful scenery.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharakusaochou 676 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

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Review of Jakkoin

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/11/12 all is subjected to change
haunting reminder of the transience of life. beautiful place:again like Gioji, best experienced in solitude.
Reviewed:2017/10/02 Hidden gem ( on a quiet day)
This was my first visit to Jakkoin after many return visits to my old favourite Sanzenin in Ohara.. My husband and I were both impressed by the impact Jakkoin had on us both. It is hidden away at the...
Reviewed:2017/05/28 Small, but nice
Jakkoin is a temple, which is also well known by Heike Monogatari, a famous tale. Unfortunately its main building was burned and the actual one is a reconstruction. But at the first glance, you may...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharakusaochou 676 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
open everyday
[Admission feeVisitation fee]Adults600yen, High School Students600yen, Junior High School Students350yen, Elementary School Students100yen
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Temporary suspension:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 21, 2020)
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          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.