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Gansenji Temple (岩船寺)

This temple of the Shingon Risshu sect is located in Kamo Town, Kizugawa City, Kyoto. It is famous for its hydrangeas, which has earned it the nickname “Hydrangea Temple.” It is not clear when it was constructed, but it is said it was founded when high priest Gyoki was instructed by Emperor Shomu to build a hall dedicated to Amitabha in the southern region of Narukawa. You’ll find three-storied pagodas from the Muromachi period, a statue of Amitabha Tathagata, and other Important Cultural Properties. The temple grounds are filled with seasonal blooms, including cherry blossoms, camellias, water lilies, and various fall foliage, and approximately 5,000 hydrangeas blossom during the rainy season, the best time to view them.


Kyoto Kidugawashi Kamochouiwafune Kaminomon 43 (Uji / NagaokakyoArea)

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Review of Gansenji

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Reviewed:2019/11/06 A small temple with a lot of valuable Buddhas in mountain
If you visit Joruriji temple, must go to this temple as well, just 7 minutes bus ride. Spare more time to travel around the village to see the Buddhas crafted on caves, it’s a walking route. But I...
Reviewed:2017/03/17 Between Kyoto and Nara
This temple is located in south of kyoto and north of nara. Joruriji is very famous for number of splendid Buddhas and Gansenji is 2km walk from Joruriji. We can enjoy walking of country path and...
Reviewed:2013/11/13 Off the beaten path
Its a nice little Buddhist temple in tranquil, peaceful settings. Theres a beautiful 3-story pagoda there. The temple is not far from Joruri-ji temple so you can see them both if youre in the...

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Kyoto Kidugawashi Kamochouiwafune Kaminomon 43 [map]
Uji / NagaokakyoArea
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] Adults500yen, Junior and Senior High School 400yen, Elementary School Students200yen
Parking Lot
Not available (Use nearby parking lot * Charge)
Credit Card
Not available
Not available
Available(KYOTO Wi-Fi)
Estimated stay time
0-30 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.