Joshoko-ji Temple, Kyoto
Joshoko-ji Temple Reviews
５月の新緑の季節に行きました。交通の便が悪いので、観光客がほとんどいなく穴場的な静かなお寺でした。 訪れたときは、３名しか人が居なくて、帰るころにはほぼ貸し切りでした。 新緑の庭を見ながらゆったりできました。 more »We went to the fresh green season in May. Because the transportation was bad, it was a quiet temple with little tourist. When I visited, there were only three people, and by the time I got back, it was almost reserved. I was able to relax while looking at the fresh green garden.
交通の便は悪いですが、行く価値のあるお寺だと思います。桜の時期に夜桜を眺めながら一杯やったと友人が言っていましたが、さぞかし酒が旨かったろうと羨ましく思いました。京都にもこんなに素晴らしいお寺があるんだと感動しました。 more »The transportation is bad, but I think it's a temple worth going to. My friend told me that i had a drink while looking at the cherry blossoms at night at the time of the cherry blossoms, but I was envious of the fact that the sake was good. I was impressed that there is such a wonderful temple in Kyoto.
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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