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Myoren-ji Temple

妙蓮寺(みょうれんじ)
Area North
Category Temple

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Myoren-ji temple is the head temple of the Hokke sect, located in Kamigyo-ku Kyoto city. its Sango(honorific mountain name prefixed to a temple's name) is “Ubokusan”. The temple has 8 sub-temples(Eko-in temple, Gyokuryu-in temple, Honko-in temple, Enjo-in temple, Kenju-in temple, Jisen-in temple, Honmyo-in temple and Joju-in temple) This temple is said to have been started after the original sake brewery was offered to “Nichizo”, disciple of “Nichiren”(Founder of Nichiren Buddhism), to live while carrying out his missionary activities in Kyoto. The wife of the owner of this brewery is said to have become Nichizou’s first disciple. The highlights of this temple are its valuable buildings like “Shoro”(a bell tower), and the stone garden with 16 stones arranged to resemble “Rakan”(Arhat). In the spring, it is also famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms.

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The dignified Sanmon gate, facing the street.

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(left)Once you pass through Sanmon gate, Shoro(a bell tower) appears in the front. This is a history building and was built in 1617.
(right)Hondo(main hall) of Myoren-ji temple.

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Passing the Hondo and to the back, you have access to the building from where you can enjoy the view of the Sekitei(rock garden). An entrance fee will be charged to enter this building.

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The inside of the building. There is a small garden, besides the Sekitei(rock garden).

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This is the Sekitei(rock garden), “Juroku Rakan Sekitei”(the garden of the sixteen arhats rocks), where 16 stones are arranged to represent arhats.

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In spring, visitors can enjoy the view of the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom within the temple’s precincts.

Address 875 Myorenjimaecho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
京都市上京区寺之内通大宮東入る妙蓮寺町875
Tel 075-451-3527
Open 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Closed - Wednesday, 12 of every month and 12/26 - 1/5
Admission free
rock garden - 500yen
Access 3 minute walk from City Bus Stop HorikawaTeranouchi
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