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Yogen-in Temple (養源院)

A Jodo Shinshu Kengo-in Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s concubine Yodo-dono asked Hideyoshi to build the temple in honor of her deceased father Asai Nagamasa. The temple was destroyed once but restored in 1621, after which the Tokugawa shogunate enshrine a mortuary tablet here honoring successive generations of shogun and the temple became a family cemetery for the Tokugawa clan. The main temple building was a place at Fushimi Castle that was moved here. The “Bloody Ceilings” of the left, right, and main corridors memorialize the great battle that occurred at Fushimi Castle. The temples screen paintings created by Tawaraya Sotatsu are registered Important Cultural Properties and the Image of White Elephants and Image of Lions, painted in a three dimensional style, are must-sees.


Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Sanjusangendomawari-cho (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

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Review of Yogen-in

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Reviewed:2020/01/20 Bloody ceiling and Sotatsu’s paintings
Yogen-in temple is located just at east side of Sanjusangendo temple. It is not very known for tourists, but I found it very interesting. Two things that you cannot miss:bloody ceiling which is...
Reviewed:2019/05/27 Difficult entrance but worth pushing back
Id read the other reviews here and was prepared to be denied entrance.

When I arrived I saw a sign in English mentioning the 500 yen entrance fee so I thought itd be ok. When I was about to step...
Reviewed:2019/05/12 Difficult but interesting. Better if you do some homework first.
Yogen-in is on the grounds of Sanjesangendo.
I went with 8 Japanese. After I got home, I read TripAdvisor reviews that said that non-Japanese were not allowed to enter. I’m a Westerner (American...

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Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Sanjusangendomawari-cho [map]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
There are also temporary closures such as the afternoon of 21 Sundays on 1st, 5th, and Sep., 12/31, when other memorial services and storm warnings are issued.
[Admission fee to worship]
[Adult] 600yen
[Children] 300yen
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly

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          Kyoto 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.