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Jingo-ji Temple (神護寺)

A Koyosan Shingon Buddhist temple located in Ukyo Ward in Kyoto City. The temple is also located in in the center of Mt. Takao in the Atago Mountain Range. Founded by the nobleman Wake no Kiyomaro, the famed priest Kukai served here for 14 years starting in 809. The Daishido Hall was a reconstruction of the residence where Kukai lived. Built in a residential style, it is a designated Important Cultural Property. The temple’s principle object of worship, a standing figure of the Healing Buddha, is a National Treasure and aside from the painted red lips and black eyebrows and eyes is bar wood. The temple houses numerous Buddhist artworks and cultural properties, such as the standing figures of the Five Major Kokuzo Bosatsu in the two-tier pagoda as well as a temple bell regarded as one of the three most famous in Japan. Visitors can also enjoy throwing an earthenware plate, a tradition to ward away evil, in front of the Jizoin hall.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Kaohsiung-cho 5 (Ayashiyama / SaganoArea)

phone 0758611769


Review of Jingoji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/11/09 Thousand years temple with red maples in the hill
If you are not capable of walking stairs, don’t go. The temple is located on the top of Takaosan hill and visitors need to walk down and up the valley and stairs. And the temple is very natural and...
Reviewed:2019/09/07 The best of the three Takao temples on our momiji day trip from Kyoto
We visited here after the other two temples, a wise move since we could spend a lot of time here without having to rush to get to another site. Although all three temples are in the same area...
Reviewed:2016/12/27 Worth every step
It particularly worthy of visit in the late fall during foliage. There are a lot of steps & stairs just to get the temple. There are 3 main temples for a good day trips to Takao, & the buses by JR...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Kaohsiung-cho 5 [map]
Ayashiyama / SaganoArea
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship]Adults600yen, Elementary School Students300yen
Parking Lot
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Credit Card
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English Menu
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly
Yes (partially possible)
Pet friendly
Yes (only part)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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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.