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Chishaku-in temple

Chishaku-inChishaku-in is a Buddhist temple located about 1.8 km east of Kyoto station.
The west side faces Higashi-oji Street, and it is at the east end of Shichijo Street.
There are Sanjusangendo and Kyoto National Museum near this temple.

The sect of this temple is one of Shingon Buddhism, a major school of Japanese Buddhism.
This temple was founded in 1598.

In this precincts, there are some buildings such as Kondo, Myooden, Koudo, Daishoin and so on.
Koudo hall was rebuilt in 1995 after about 300 years.
Near Koudo, there is a Japanese garden in the image of sacred mountain and river in China.

You should see the wall paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa (1539-1610) and his son Kyuzo Hasegawa (1568-1593) in this temple.
Tohaku was one of the excellent painters in this period. And it was said that Kyuzo had grater talent than his father, but he died young unfortunately.
The paintings were created in the guest house around 1593. (It is said that some of them were the last works of Kyuzo.)
In 1682, this temple were destroyed by fire, but the paintings were rescued from the fire fortunately.
Now the paintings are exhibited in Shuuzouko (Storage house), and are designated as national treasures.
And the repricas of them are set up in the room of Daishoin.

The admission fee to Shuuzouko and Japanese garden is 500 yen.

How to get to here

By route bus

About 10 minutes from Kyoto station, by bus with route No. 206, 208 or 100.

Main gate of Chishaku-in
Kondo temple
Corrido in Koudo Entrance gate to Japanese garden
Japanese garden Work of Tohaku Hasegawa

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