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Saimyōji Temple (西明寺)

A Buddhist temple famed for its autumn foliage. The temple was built by the priest Chisen, a disciple of the great Kukai, in the Tencho period (824–834). It is believed that the current temple nave was rebuilt with a donation from Keishoin, the mother of the fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. The temple’s principal object of worship, a standing wooden figure of Gautama Buddha (a registered Important Cultural Property) housed in the temple nave, is just 51 centimeters high and is believed to have been modeled after the great priest Myoe of the Kosanji Temple. The standing figure of the thousand armed Kannon (another Important Cultural Property) standing at his side was carved in the Heian period is notable for its delicate facial features.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Makio Town 1 (Ayashiyama / SaganoArea)

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Review of Saimyoji Temple

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Reviewed:2019/11/20 Must see place for during autums if near Kyoto
Bus from Kyoto City 1 per hour, but extra buses during autumn for tourists. There are 3 famous temples within 20 minutes walking distance, if arrive earlier, you can get to see 3 of them within 1...
Reviewed:2019/09/09 Across the red bridge over the river and up the stairs to Saimyoji!
This is the second temple we visited on our Takao day-trip from Kyoto. The color here was better than at Kozanji, but still dry.
We waited a long time to get a photo of the bridge with no one...
Reviewed:2018/12/08 Beautiful Historic Temple
The temple is at the top of the hill. I rode my bike there today which was hard but the scenery was very peaceful and quite. There is also the laughing Emma-Dou which is the only one in the world...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Makio Town 1 [map]
Ayashiyama / SaganoArea
[Admission fee to worship] Adults500yen, Junior and Senior High School 400yen, Children Free
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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.