Joshoko-ji Temple, Kyoto

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#217 of 605 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
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  • Because I had heard that the autumn leaves were early for two weeks from the city, I stopped by the visit of thatched's hometown. Unfortunately, the foliage was about to start coloring. On the way, it seemed that the coloring was progressing toward the highway 162 and the High temple.
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  • Seeking a few years ago, was the crowd is sparse foliage spots, green "always light Emperor Temple" is also taste there was. Road and pass through a gate to old and discolored, tells the early side surrounded by green trees along the stone steps up to full body soft feel meet the taste was for. Temple is a temple mausoleum containing the Emperor kōgon 分骨 in the old temple of the Rinzai Zen sect heaven Dragon sect of the Muromachi period, "Kiku 5 Crest" see here and there that can. To himself all the wonderful garden and looking at the heart is purified and fresh feel. It is a place of worship and calm while watching a Zen Garden in the back and pick up style Cathedral during the Muromachi period.
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  • Located in the north suburb of Kyoto is a town called Keihoku ( North Kyoto ). Joshokoji Temple holds a place of historical importance in the area. The temple was established in 1362 by Emperor Kogon of northern dynasty during a period when political power was divided between dynasties of north and south. This Zen temple currently belongs to Rinzai sect of Buddhism. In the middle of havoc of warring period Kogen chose to build his secluded hermitage in this location. This imperial temple takes its origin from Kogen's entrance into priesthood. Upon his return to Kyoto he converted himself into a priest of Zen-sect and altered a nearby temple called Jojyuji and opened this Joshokoji Temple. Kogen made use of surrounding nature to resemble his garden space around the temple. He named a waterfall Shiratama Izumi ( spring of white dumplings ) and he called its surrounding mountains " Majyurin = Ten thousand trees". It is entirely surrounded by beauty of nature in harmony. The main temple hall is like a labyrinth with each building connected through a long corridor in the middle of beautiful garden space. In its Buddhist Statue Hall there are more than 20 statues along with 3 main statues designated as national treasures. The temple has been a popular spot for viewing cherry blossom and autumn leaves. In its garden are numerous cherry trees with historical association to the temple. The cherry tree called Kokonoe-sakura ( cherry tree with ninefold cherry flowered ) aged more than 300 years in the garden is designated as natural monument. There is another impressive cherry tree in the garden called “Sakon-no-sakura” said to be shared from Imperial Palace.
  • I really recommend this place to (especially foreign) tourists. You can feel Japan - Kyoto - with your senses.
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