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Kaju-ji Temple (勧修寺)

A Buddhist temple located in Yamashina Ward, Kyoto City, and the head temple of the Yamashina Shingon sect of Buddhism. Erected in 900 by Emperor Daigo to pray for the happiness of his true mother, Fujiwara no Taneko, in the next life, the temple is thus connected to both the imperial household and the Fujiwara clan. The temple’s Mountain Gate stands in front of the road to the temple, which is enclosed by roofed mud walls. A stone lantern with long shade presented by the Daimyo Tokugawa Mitsukuni stands in the front garden of the temple study, an Important Cultural Property. The grounds also feature a traditional strolling garden built around a central pond called the Himuronoike which is famous for the beauty of its sacred lotus and rabbitear iris blossoms. During the Heian period, ice from the pond would be presented to the imperial court on January 2 and its thickness was believed to predict whether the year’s harvest would be a bumper crop.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Kanshujinioudouchou 27-6 (Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea)

phone 0755710048


Review of Kajuji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/04/25 Beautiful Cherries.
Spring is obviously the best time to visit this slightly out of the way temple.The garden is unusual as it is a stroll-thru, as opposed to most other temple gardens which are made for viewing only...
Reviewed:2016/08/16 Beautiful temple, but not crowded
Kajuji (not Kanshuji) is located in Yamashina, suburb of Kyoto, and it is easily reached by subway (station:Ono). Although it is not far from the center of Kyoto, there is few tourists in this...
Reviewed:2016/07/10 fantastic stroll garden with colorful flowers in and around the pond
We went to Kajyu-ji(or Kansyu-ji) on a cloudy day. From Kyoto City Hall, we reached there after 20 minutes ride of subway Tozai-Line and 5 minutes walk from Ono subway station. Its garden is...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Kanshujinioudouchou 27-6 [map]
Gion / Higashiyama / YamashinaArea
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship]Adults400yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students200yen
Parking Lot
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English Menu
Available (Pamphlet only)
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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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.