Yogen-in Temple

Area East area
Category Temple


Yogen-in Temple, located in Higashiyama district kyoto city, was established by Yodogimi(or Yodo-dono), concubine and second wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, for holding a memorial service for her father Asai Nagamasa. it was destroyed by fire in 1619 and rebuilded by Sugenin, using Fushimi Castle's remains in 1621. after that it dedicated to memorial tablets for successive Shoguns as a family temple of the Tokugawa family and became a Imperial prayer place. the ceiling on the corridor of the main hall are well known for the "blood ceiling". when the battle at Fushimi Castle in 1600, Torii Mototada and his subordinate, ordered by Tokugawa Ieyasu(1st Shogun in Edo period) to defend the Castle, were defeated and killed themselves before be killed by enemy. the floorboard stained by their blood was used for the "blood ceiling".


Entering the temple gate, you will see 'kuri'(Priests' quarters) at the end of the gentle slope.



Photography is forbidden throughout Yogen-in Temple's 'kuri'.


Along with Blood ceiling as one of the highlights of Yogen-in Temple, white elephant drawn on 'sugido'(cedar-board doors).

Address 656 Sanjusangen-do Mawari-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Tel 075-561-3887
Open 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Admission 500yen
Access 5 minute walk from City Bus Stop Hakubutsukan Sanjusangen-do-mae
3 minute walk from City Bus Stop Higashiyama Nanajo

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