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Senbonshaka-do Temple

千本釈迦堂(せんぼんしゃかどう)
Area West
Category Temple

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Senbonshaka-do Temple is a temple of Chisan sect of Shingi Shingon Buddhism, in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city. official name is Daihoon-ji Temple, "Sango"(honorific mountain name prefixed to a temple's name) is "Zuiozan". Its Hondo(main hall), which managed to escape from fire during numerous civil wars, was built in 1227 - it is the oldest wooden built temple in Kyoto and has been acknowledged as a national treasure. This temple is also known for legends such as the one of "Okame", who was the wife of one of the carpenters at work during the construction work of the temple and helped fix his error when he failed, and "Daikon-daki", the winter scene of December.

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Hondo(main hall) of  Senbonshaka-do Temple. Approved as a national treasure.

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View of the precincts and "Okame zakura" from the hondo.

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Inside of the hondo. At the back there is a display of numerous dolls, masks of "Okame" donated by the devotees.

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Display of "Okame" related items.

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In the spring, the "Okame zakura" in front of the main temple, familiarly known as shidare zakura(weeping cherry), blooms beautifully.

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Address 1305, Mizomaecho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto, Japan
京都市上京区五辻通七本松東入溝前町1305
Tel 075-461-5973
Open Hondo(main hall), Reihoden hall : 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Admission Hondo(main hall), Reihoden hall : 500yen
Access 3 minute walk from City Bus Stop Kamishichiken
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