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Manpukuji temple

Manpukuji templeManpukuji is a Buddhist temple.
It is located about 3 km north of central Uji city, and about 10 km south-southeast of Kyoto station.

It was founded in 1661 by high priest Ingen Ryuki (1592-1673).
He was a famous high priest in Ming (current China), and was invited by Japanese priests in 1654.
Japanese government asked him to do religious activity, so he had lived the rest of his life in Japan.
He founded Obaku-shu, the third Zen sect in Japan, in this temple.

This temple has Chinese-style in the buildings, the language of priests, the manners of ceremonies, the meals.
So this temple gives a little different impression in comparison with the other Japanese temples.

There are many buildings in the precincts.
Most of them were built in the 1660s, and they are designated as important cultural properties.

Common bean was brought from China to Japan by priest Ingen, so the bean is called "ingen" in Japanese.

How to get to here

By railroad

By JR Nara Line, about 20 minutes from Kyoto to Obaku station. (Rapid train doesn't stop at this station.)
About 5 minutes walk from there.




Somon gate Sanmon gate
Approach to Ten'noden Daio-Hoden (Main temple)
Photo by KYOTO Design
Hattou A corridor in Manpukuji
Large wooden fish sculpture Chinese-style railing

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