Genkoan Temple
Genkoan Temple
Genkoan Temple
Genkoan Temple
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The temple has one of the most beautiful gardens in Kyoto, and Zen religious symbols are everywhere. There are two interesting windows in the Hondo (Main Hall), one being a square window called Mayoi-no-Mado (Window of Confusion) and the other being a round window called Satori-no-Mado (Window of Enlightenment). The ceiling of the main hall was made using blood-stained floorboards from Fushimi Castle, where Mototada Torii (a samurai) and his soldiers were defeated and killed themselves during the Siege of Fushimi. The boards were used at the temple to honor the souls of the samurai soldiers.

  • Address

    47 Kitatakagamine-cho, Takagamine, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

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  • Entry fee

    Over Junior high school students ¥ 400
    Elementary school students: 200

  • Opening Hours

    9:00 - 17:00

  • Closed

    There are times when admission is stopped when there are memorial services.

  • Website

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  • Best Season

    Nov.

  • Point

    Don't forget to visit the Tsuru-Kame no niwa (Garden of Cranes and Turtles), which is located behind the main temple building. The view of the Karesansui (Japanese rock garden) from the veranda of the Shoin-zukuri style room is breathtakingly beautiful. Bright red Momiji maple trees are also beautiful in Autumn.

  • Nearest Station/IC Access

    Take a bus from Nijo Station, and get off at Takagamine-Genkoan-mae. The temple is a 1-minute walk from there.

    Take a bus from the Kyoto Municipal Subway Kitaoji Station, and get off at Takagamine-Genkoan-mae. The temple is a 1-minute walk from there.

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