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Genkoan (源光庵)

A Soto school Buddhist temple located in the Takagamine area of Kita Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was founded in 1346 by the priest Tetto. The temple’s “Window of Bewilderment” and “Window of Enlightenment” are frequently presented in television programs and guidebooks. It is said that one will gain insights and be led further towards enlightenment by first gazing at the temple garden through the square Window of Bewilderment, representative of human life, and re-examining one’s life so far, then gazing through the round Window of Enlightenment, which expresses a Zen state of mind and represents the cosmos. The temple is also famous for the main hall’s “Bloody Ceiling,” which was once the floor of Fushimi Castle and vividly portrays the tragedy of the castle’s fall.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Takagaminekitatakagaminechou 47 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

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Review of Genkoan

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Reviewed:2016/11/21 Photos of the windows are allowed now
I visited Genkoan in November 2016. It was allowed to take photos everywhere in the temple, including photos of the famous windows. Personnel working there are treating visitors kindly. On Nov.17th...
Reviewed:2016/03/13 Tranquil and interesting
We came here early in the morning, not long after opening time, and the temple was completely empty. It felt like it rarely gets busy, so if youre looking for something away from the crowds, then...
Reviewed:2015/07/27 zen windows, but no photos
the round and square windows are awesome, but vistors are not allowed to take any photo. heard that commercial photographers (taking pictures for a megazine etc) are allowed. if thats true, isnt...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Takagaminekitatakagaminechou 47 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
open everyday
* Admission fee will be temporarily canceled when there is a memorial service
[Admission fee to worship]
[Adult] 400yen (autumn leaves season 500yen)
[Children] 200yen
Parking Lot
Available (15spaces)
* Nov.--De. No parking until 1st Sunday
Credit Card
Not available
Not available
Not available
Admission fee will be suspended until around 10Monday, 3rd year of Reiwa due to construction work. * Information will be announced on the official website.
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly

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.