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Konkaikomyo-ji temple

金戒光明寺(こんかいこうみょうじ)
Area East area
Category Temple

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Konkaikomyo-ji temple, located in Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city, proudly ranks alongside Chion-in temple as one of the head temples of the Jodo sect. the temple was founded in 1175 by Priest Honen, the founder of the Jodo sect.
The temple’s Sango(honorific mountain name prefixed to a temple's name) is Shiunzan and It is known to locals as “Kurodani-san”.

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Sanmon gate of Konkaikomyo-ji temple

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Mieido hall(Daiden hall) can be seen at the end of the stone steps. on the left is the Shoro(bell tower).

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Mieido hall(Daiden hall) of Konkaikomyo-ji temple

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(left) The warriors who visited Honen hung their armor on this pine tree and ordained as Buddhist monks, leading it to be called “Yoroi-kake-no-matsu”(the pine tree hung a armor).
(right)Daihojo(Kodo hall)

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The compound contains a lake with a small bridge crossing it.

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At the top of these stone steps in the cemetery is a three-story pagoda known as Monjuto pagoda.

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A full view of the Monjuto pagoda.

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The very top overlooks the streets of Kyoto. What a nice view!

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The temple is also great to visit as a well-kept secret spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in spring or the autumn leaves in winter without being bothered by crowds.

Address 121 Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
京都府京都市左京区黒谷町121
Tel 075-771-2204
Open 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Admission free
URL http://www.kurodani.jp/en/index.html
Access 10 minute walk from City Bus Stop Okazaki-michi
15 minute walk from City Bus Stop Higashi Tenno-cho
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