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Bishamon-do Temple (毘沙門堂)

A Tendai Buddhist temple in Yamashina Ward, Kyoto City. The principle object of worship is a figure of Vaisravana, seen as one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, and the temple is believed to provide aid with achieving thriving business and safety and peace in the household. The temple was originally the Izumo-dera Temple, which was founded by the priest Gyoki at the request of Emperor Monmu in 703. After much hardship caused by repeated wars, the temple was eventually rebuilt in Yamashina. The “moving screen paintings” created by Kano Masunobu which decorate the Shinden hall are famous and make skillful use of reverse perspective to make it seem as if the viewer is seeing them on center regardless of the angle. Located at the foot of a hillside overlooking the Yamashina Basin, the temple is a well-known spot in Kyoto for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Anshuinariyamachou 18 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755810328

[Visit Reception] 9:00-17:00 (Information desk closed 16:30) [Winter (Dec.-the end of February)] Gates shut 16:00

Review of Bishamondo

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Reviewed:2017/11/21 Hidden Beautiful Temple
This place is not very popular among tourist, unlike Kinkakuji which is known by everybody. And that also the reason I choose to visit this temple. After visit other popular temples crowded with...
Reviewed:2017/11/19 Red leaves
Bishamondo is famous for red leaves in autumn. The nearest station is JR or subway Yamashina, but anyway you must walk about 20 minuets. There is indication and it is not difficult to reach this...
Reviewed:2017/01/02 Hidden Gem
I rarely give 5 point ratings, but Bishamondo temple certainly deserves it

We happen to stay through Airbnb in Yamashina area near the station.

As we were walking on new years day, we saw the sign...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Anshuinariyamachou 18 [map]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
[Visit Reception] 9:00-17:00 (Information desk closed 16:30) [Winter (Dec.-the end of February)] Gates shut 16:00
open everyday
[Iriyama Admission fee (main hall, shrine, spirit hall)] [General] 500yen [High school student] 400yen [Elementary school students] 300yen
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English Menu
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-120 minutes

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.