The highlights and how to get to Daio-in.

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Daio-in (大雄院) is one of the sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Myoshin-ji (妙心寺) which is located in Hanazono, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Myoshin-ji is the biggest Zen temple in Japan, and it has a total of 48 sub-temples.
And Daio-in is also one of these sub-temples.

Among those sub-temples, only Keishun-in, Taizo-in, and Daishin-in are open to the public on a regular basis.
Daio-in is only open to the public on specific days.

So, if you want to visit this temple during other periods, let’s make a reservation beforehand or participate in Zen meditation party (every 1st and 3rd Saturday).

The highlights of this small temple is a fusuma paintings which was drawn by Zeshin SHIBATA (柴田是真).

Because his work won a prize in Vienna World Exposition, it is more famous abroad than in Japan.
Therefore there are very few places that we can watch his work in Japan.

If you want to see the Zeshin’s artwork, please visit this temple.

So, I visited Daio-in this time.

Contents:

  1. The history of Daio-in
  2. The history of Myoshin-ji (the main temple of Daio-in)
  3. About Daio-in
  4. Information for visitors
  5. The highlights of Daio-in
  6. The photos of Daio-in
  7. The goshuin (red seal) of Daio-in
  8. How to get to Daio-in
  9. Hotel search & reservation around Daio-in

1.The history of Daio-in

Let’s study the history of this sub-temple with me before introducing of Daio-in (大雄院).
I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this sub-temple more by learning the history of it. XD

Daio-in was founded in 1603 of the Edo period by Mitsutada ISHIKAWA (石川光忠) who was a busho (a Japanese military commander) of the Owari Domain (尾張藩).
When the foundation of this temple, he invited Genjo KEINAN (慧南玄譲) who was the chief priest of Myoshin-ji as founding priest.

Originally the ISHIKAWA clan (石川家) was a daimyo of the Mino Province (美濃国).

Mitsumoto ISHIKAWA (石川光元) who was his father died soon after Mitsutada was born…
So, Mitsutada succeeded the ISHIKAWA clan when he was only 9 years old and founded Daio-in to pray for the repose of his father’s soul.

9 years old is a third grader in elementary school in the present era…
When a patriarch dies, even if the eldest son is very young, he must take over the head of the family.
So, he had to protect his house at only 9 years old…

Life was tough for the eldest son in the old Japan.

But fortunately, his mother (Okame-no-kata (お亀の方)) was a very important person in this age.
After having given birth to him, she became one of the concubine of Ieyasu TOKUGAWA (徳川家康) who was the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.

So, she asked Ieyasu TOKUGAWA to protect Mitsutada who was her first child.
Thanks to her consideration, he was able to belong to the Owari Domain (尾張藩) which was a territory of Ieyasu TOKUGAWA.

The mother is strong!!

2.The history of Myoshin-ji (the main temple of Daio-in)

If you want to know the history of Myoshin-ji, please read following article.

3.About Daio-in

Open:10:00 ~ 16:00
Admission fee(special admission):600 yen
Admission fee(reservation admission):1,000 yen
Admission fee(Zen meditation party):1,500 yen

Address:52, Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8035, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-463-6538
Foundation:1603
Founder:Mitsutada ISHIKAWA (石川光忠)
Sect:Rinzai sect Myoshin-ji School (臨済宗妙心寺派)
Principal image:Shakamuni-butsu (釈迦牟尼仏)

Daio-in (大雄院) is one of the sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Myoshin-ji (妙心寺) which is located in Hanazono, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.
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It is only open to the public on specific days.
So, if you want to visit this temple during other periods, let’s make a reservation beforehand or participate in Zen meditation party (every 1st and 3rd Saturday).
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A fusuma picture which was drawn by Zeshin SHIBATA who is a Makieshi (gold lacquer master) succeeded from the late Edo period to the early Meiji period is displayed in the Kyaku-den.
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Because his work won a prize in Vienna World Exposition, it is more famous abroad than in Japan.
Therefore there are very few places that we can watch his work in Japan.
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So, when you go to Myoshin-ji, I recommend that you go to these sub-temples as well.
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Daio-in!!
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4.Information for visitors

It is only open to the public on specific days.

・if you want to visit this temple during other periods, let’s make a reservation beforehand or participate in Zen meditation party (every 1st and 3rd Saturday).
(Phone number : +81-75-463-6538 *Only Japanese available)

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building of this temple. 

・Monopod/Tripods and stepladders are prohibited in this temple.

・The worship method of a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, please refer to the following article.


5.The highlights of Daio-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

●表門:Omote-mon (gate)

This is the Omote-mon (gate) which has the role as a entrance of this temple.
It was built in 1603 of the Edo period and is the oldest structure in this temple.
It has been designated as a tangible cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
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●庫裏*:Kuri*

This is the Kuri which has been designated as a tangible cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
It has the role as a priest’s living quarters or the kitchen of a temple.
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●客殿・書院*:Kyaku-den・Shoin*

Kyaku-den and Shoin were both rebuilt in 1726 of the Edo period.
Both buildings have been designated as a tangible cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
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When you enter at the entrance, the front side building is the Kyaku-den, and rear side building is the Shoin.
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A fusuma picture which was drawn by Zeshin SHIBATA who is a Makieshi (gold lacquer master) succeeded from the late Edo period to the early Meiji period is displayed in the Kyaku-den.
In addition, ‘Sansui-zu (picture of landscape on fusuma)’ which was drawn by Zaimi TOKI (土岐済美) who is a painter succeeded from the late Edo period is displayed in the Shoin.
(I extracted this photo from a brochure.)
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●庭園*:The garden*

There is a Japanese garden in the south side of the Kyaku-den.
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This is the Karesansui garden (Japanese rock garden), and two kinds of moss which are different in color from each other are planted in this garden.
The contrast of the color of these moss is very beautiful!!
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In addition, there are three lanterns which have different shapes each other in this garden.
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The backside of the garden is the Chisen Kaiyu style garden (a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond and spring).
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6.The photos of Daio-in

■Flickr:大雄院:Daio-in(20170220)

大雄院:Daio-in(20170220)

7.The goshuin (red seal) of Daio-in

The goshuin of this temple is “Shakamuni-butsu (釈迦牟尼仏)” which is the principal image of this temple.
We can get this goshuin in the reception desk of the entrance. (300 yen)
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8.How to get to Daio-in

How to get to Daio-in is as follows.
Daio-in is located in the precincts of Myoshin-ji.

The nearest station of Daio-in is “JR Hanazono Station” or “Randen Kitano Line Myoshin-ji Station”.
(We can also go by bus from ‘JR Kyoto Station’, ‘Hankyu Kawaramachi Station’, and ‘Keihan Gion-Shijo Station’.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■When you go on foot from JR Hanazono Station

It’s about 6 minutes (400m) on foot.

■When you go on foot from Randen Kitano Line Myoshin-ji Station

It’s about 5 minutes (300m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Sta.[D3]

・Routes/Destination:26/Bound for Omuro Ninnaji Temple


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:26/Bound for Omuro Ninnaji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D3]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 42 min

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto City Bus Shijo Kawaramachi [A]

・Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [A]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 43 min

・Kyoto Bus Shijo Kawaramachi

・Routes/Destination:63/Bound for Arashiyama


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:63/Bound for Arashiyama
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 34 min

・Routes/Destination:65/Bound for Arisugawa

Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:65/Bound for Arisugawa
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 34 min

■When you get on a bus from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Keihan-mae [C]

・Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine

Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae [C]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 40 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:2,610 yen ~ 3,210 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:2,450 yen ~ 2,910 yen (about 15 minutes)

・Let’s show a taxi driver the following phrase.

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・If you want to call a taxi, let’s show the following phrase.
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[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.

9.Hotel search & reservation around Daio-in

How did you like it?

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Have a nice trip! XD

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