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Sagano area

SaganoMap of SaganoSagano is the northern area of Arashiyama in the western suburbs of central Kyoto.

Basically, the area spreads to the north of JR San'in Line, and is about 3 km from east to west and about 2 km from north to south.
Since ancient times, here was a resort area of nobility.
Then their villas had been built, and most of them changed Buddhist temples over a long period of history.
So the temples are the sightseeing spots in this area.

Additionally some beautiful bamboo groves are dotted in this area.
When you walk on the trail through bamboo groves, you can feel the traditional Kyoto's nature.

  • Chikurin-no-Komichi /1/ : Most popular path through bamboo groves.
    It is a path about some hundreds meters toward west from Nonomiya Shrine (See the page of Arashiyama.).
  • Jojakko-ji temple /2/ : A temple of Nichiren sect, one of the major sects of Buddhism, founded in 1596.
    It has two-story pagoda designated as an important cultural property.
  • Nison-in temple /3/ : A temple of Tendai Buddhism founded in the 830s or 840s.
    Colored maple leaves along the approach are nice.
  • Rakushisha hut /4/ : The hut where Kyorai Mukai (1651-1704) lived. He was a disciple of Basho Matsuo (1644-1689), the greatest haiku poet.
  • Giouji temple /5/ : A nunnery of Shingon Buddhism founded in the 12th century.
    The garden covered with moss is popular.
  • Adashino Nenbutsuji temple /6/ : A temple of Pure Land Buddhism (Jodo-shu) founded in 811.
    In the precincts, there are about 8 thousand stone Buddhist images.
  • Seiryoji temple /7/ : A temple of Pure Land Buddhism (Jodo-shu) founded in 987.
    The Buddhist image designated as a national treasure has the story that an ancient Indian king got the sacred one made in Buddha's lifetime in the 5th century B.C.
  • Daikakuji temple /8/ : A temple of Shingon Buddhism founded in 876.
    Emperor Saga founded this temple. So many buildings were moved and rebuilt from the other imperial palaces.
    Osawa Pond was built in the image of Lake Dongting in China.
Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By railroad

  • By Randen (Kitano Line of Keifuku Electric Railroad), about 22 minutes from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama terminal station.
  • By rapid or local train on JR San'in Line, about 14-20 minutes from Kyoto station to Saga-Arashiyama station.

Illuminated Chikurin-no-Komichi
Main gate of Jojakko-ji Main temple of Jojakko-ji
Main temple of Nison-in benzaitendo in Nison-in
Rakushisha hut Rooms in Rakushisha
Main temple of Gioiji A room in Giouji
Garden covered with moss in Giouji Adashino Nenbutsuji
Many stone Buddhist images A path through bamboo grove
Main temple of Seiryoji Two-story pagoda in Seiryoji
Daikakuji Main temple of Daikakuji
Shingyoden in Daikakuji Pictures on walls in Daikakuji

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