Highlights and how to get to the Enman-in Monzeki.

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Enman-in Monzeki is one of a Monzeki temple located in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture.

Monzeki temple is a temple in which the head priest was traditionally a member of the imperial family or regent family.
Temples such as ‘Shoren-in Temple‘, ‘Daikaku-ji Temple‘ and ‘Ninna-ji Temple‘ are famous as Monzeki temples.

Originally this temple belonged to Tendaijimon sect, it is an independent temple of Tendai Sect now.

Highlight of this temple is the garden with scenic beauty which has a calm atmosphere.

There is this temple next to the Mii-dera Temple (三井寺) which is famous for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
Mii-dera Temple is crowded very much during a season of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, but this temple is always not crowded.

If you get tired of sightseeing in Mii-dera Temple, let’s take a short break here.

So, I visited the Enman-in Monzeki this time.

Contents:

  1. History of Enman-in Monzeki
  2. About Enman-in Monzeki
  3. Information for visitors
  4. Highlights of Enman-in Monzeki
  5. Video and photo of Enman-in Monzeki
  6. Goshuin of Enman-in Monzeki
  7. How to get to Enman-in Monzeki
  8. Hotel search & reservation around Enman-in Monzeki

1.History of Enman-in Monzeki

Let’s study the history of this temple with me before introducing of Enman-in Monzeki.
I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this temple more by learning the history of it. XD

This temple was founded in 987 of the Heian period by Imperial Prince Munehira (致平親王) who was the third prince of the Emperor Murakami (村上天皇).

the keyword that we want to learn in this temple is ‘Monzeki (門跡).’

This temple is one of the Monzeli temple.
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Monzeki temple is a temple in which the head priest was traditionally a member of the imperial family or regent family.
Temples such as ‘Shoren-in Temple‘, ‘Daikaku-ji Temple‘ and ‘Ninna-ji Temple‘ are famous as Monzeki temples.

Originally, “Monzeki” means the formal successor of the founder of a Buddhist sect in Japan.
But since the Kamakura period it has come to mean the high-class temple itself, or in other words the status of the temple, and those temples have come to be called Monzeki temples.

Originally this temple belonged to Tendaijimon sect, it is an independent temple of Tendai Sect now.
And this temple was originally called ‘Enjo-ji Temple’s Byodo-in (園城寺平等院)‘ when it was founded.

The temple which is famous by this name is Byodo-in which is registered on the World Heritage list in Uji City.byodoin-01-txt

The name called Byodo-in was the name for this temple.

But, afterwards, Byodo-in Temple which is famous as a world heritage was founded in Uji City.
So, it is said that this temple handed over the name of ‘Byodo-in’ to Uji’s Byodo-in.

For that reason, Mii-dera Temple and this temple had deep relation to current Byodo-in.
Therefore the founder of Uji’s Byodo-in Temple is Myoson (明尊) who was a priest of Enman-in Monzeki.

This temple had a history of an ancient and honorable origin.

But…

In recent years, this temple got into financial difficulties.
Therefore the buildings and the garden of the temple were taken for an auction in 2009, and purchased by a new religious corporation.

But we can see the precincts and the garden even now.

It is precisely a stormy history…!!

2.About Enman-in Monzeki

Open:9:00 ~ 16:30
Admission fee:500 yen (Adult), 300 yen (High school  student)
Address:33, Onjojicho, Otsu-shi, Shiga, 520-0036, Japan
Phone number:+81-77-522-3690
Foundation:987
Founder:Imperial Prince Munehira (致平親王)
Sect:Independent temple of Tendai Sect
Principal image:Konjiki Fudomyoo (金色不動明王)

Enman-in Monzeki is a Monzeki temple located in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture.
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Monzeki temple is a temple in which the head priest was traditionally a member of the imperial family or regent family.
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The garden of the precincts has been designated as a historic site and a scenic spot.
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An admission fee is 500 yen (Adult).
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Next, let’s see the highlights of Enman-in Monzeki!!
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3.Information for visitors

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building and the musium of this temple. 
(The photography to the direction of the garden is OK.)

・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.

4.Highlights of Enman-in Monzeki

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

勅使門:Chokushi-mon gate

This is the Chokushi-mon gate which has the role as a entrance of this temple.
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宸殿 (重要文化財)*:Shin-den hall (Important cultural property)*

This is the Shin-den hall which was reconstructed from the Kinri (the Imperial Palace) in 1647 of the Edo period.
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This building was granted to this temple by Empress Meisho (明正天皇) and designated as an important cultural property.
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The fusuma painting which was drawn by the Kano school is displayed in this building.
These exhibiting pictures are replica now, and a genuine article is deposited with the Kyoto National Museum (京都国立博物館).
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三井の名庭 (名勝・史跡)*:The garden of Mitsui (Historic sites・Special places of scenic beauty)*

There is a garden called ‘the garden of Mitsui‘ in the south side of the Shin-den hall.enmanin-12

This garden has been designated as a historic site and a scenic spot.
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It is the chisen-kanshoshiki-teien garden (literally, pond appreciation style garden).
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And, it is said that this garden was designed by Soami (相阿弥) who is a great artist of the Muromachi period.
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本堂*:Hon-do hall*

This is the Hon-do hall where Konjiki Fudomyoo (金色不動明王) is enshrined.
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大津絵美術館*:Otsue Museum*

There is the art museum of Otsu-e (Otsu paintings) in the precincts of this temple.
Otsu-e is one of the Buddhist pictures and has a comical design.
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●三密殿 (宿坊):Sanmitsu-den hall

There is the Shukubo (dorter) at this temple which lodge worshippers and it provide Shojin ryori for dinner.
For details of this Shukubo, please click here. (japanese text only)
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5.Video and photo of Enman-in Monzeki

■YouTube:圓満院門跡の境内と庭園:Precincts of the Enman-in Monzeki (Otsu City, Shiga) 

■Flickr:圓満院門跡:Enman-in Monzeki (20170413)
圓満院門跡:Enman-in Monzeki (20170413)

6.Goshuin of Enman-in Monzeki

The goshuin of this temple is “Konjiki Fudomyoo (金色不動明王)” 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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7.How to get to Enman-in Monzeki

How to get to Enman-in Monzeki is as follows.
(There is this temple in the precincts of the Mii-dera Temple.)

The nearest station of Enman-in Monzeki is Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto-Line Miidera station.
(We can also go by bus from ‘JR Otsu Station’.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto-Line Miidera station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto-Line Miidera station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto-Line Miidera station)
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■When you go on foot from Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto-Line Miidera station

It’s about 10 minutes (600m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Otsu Station

Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Keihan Bus Otsu Sta. [3]


Bus company:Keihan Bus
Routes/Destination:
・Route No.26 [Bound for Otsukyo Sta.]
・Route No. 66,66A [Bound for Hieidaira]
Boarding bus stop:Otsu Sta. [3]
Alighting bus stop:Miidera
Bus fare:210 yen
Time required:About 10 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:4,610 yen ~ 5,680 yen (about 25 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:4,130 yen ~ 5,120 yen (about 20 minutes)
From JR Ishiyama Station:1,010 yen ~ (about 10 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.

[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Otsu Station]*Japanese text only.

8.Hotel search & reservation around Enman-in Monzeki

How did you like it?

Please try to go to this temple.

Have a nice trip! XD

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