Highlights and how to get to Entsu-ji Temple.

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Entsu-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Myoshin-ji School of the Rinzai Sect, located in Iwakura Hataeda-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Originally, it was Emperor Gomizunoo’s villa called Hataeda Palace.
Afterwards in 1678, the villa was renovated to a temple.

This Temple’s Garden is particularly well known for the beautiful, borrowed landscape of Mt. Hiei.

It is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty, and Kyoto City established the Landscape Policy (its official name is the Vista View Creation Ordinance) to conserve borrowed landscapes of this Garden.

You must visit this places.

Contents:

  1. History of Entsu-ji
  2. About Entsu-ji
  3. Information for visitors
  4. Highlights of Entsu-ji
  5. Videos and photos of Entsu-ji
  6. Goshuin of Entsu-ji
  7. How to get to Entsu-ji
  8. Hotel search & reservation around Entsu-ji

1.History of Entsu-ji

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

Formerly Hataeda Palace, Entsu-ji is a Myoshinji Buddhist temple, toeh Myoshinji sect being a branch of Rinzaishu buddhism.
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With the support of Prince Rinnojishuchohoshinno, Entsu-ji Temple was built in 1678 by a nun called Enkoinbunei.
She was a former attendant of the emperor Gomizuno’s mother, Chunamonin.
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Keisen Soryu, the tenth head priest of Myoshin-ji Temple was appointed to become the first head priest of Entsu-ji Temple.
Enkoinbunei made wood block prints of the sutra Hensoufumonbon that are famous for being sent to temples in China.
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Entsu-ji Temple possesses a hanging scroll made by the emperor Reigen that has been designated a national cultural treasure.
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The temple’s rock gardens were constructed to place Mount Hieizan as a backdrop and have been designated as a national site of scenic beauty.
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Kyoto City established the Landscape Policy (its official name is the Vista View Creation Ordinance) to conserve borrowed landscapes of this Garden.
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2.About Entsu-ji

Open:10:00~16:30
Admission fee:500 yen (Adults) 300 yen (Junior high school students or younger)
Address:389, Iwakura Hataedacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0015, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-781-1875
Foundation:1678
Founder:Buneini(文英尼)
Sect:Rinzai sect Myoshin-ji School (臨済宗妙心寺派)
Principal image:Sacred Avalokitesvara(聖観世音菩薩)

Entsu-ji Temple was a Buddhist temple of the Myoshin-ji Temple school of the Rinzai sect, located inIwakura Hataeda-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.
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Admission fee is 500 yen (Adults), 300 yen (junior high school students or younger).
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Let’s go to see highlights of Entsu-ji!!
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3.Information for visitors

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building of this temple. Only 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 Entsu-ji

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

山門:Sanmon gate

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・境内:Precincts of the temple

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・鐘楼:Shoro(Bell tower)

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・圓通寺庭園(名勝)*:Entsu-ji Temple Garden (National Site of Scenic Beauty)*

This Temple’s Garden is particularly well known for the beautiful, borrowed landscape of Mt. Hiei.
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It is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty, and Kyoto City established the Landscape Policy (its official name is the Vista View Creation Ordinance) to conserve borrowed landscapes of this Garden.
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5.Videos and photos of Entsu-ji

■Flickr:圓通寺:Entsu-ji(20181122)
圓通寺:Entsu-ji(20181122)

■Youtube:圓通寺(京都市左京区)の境内:Precincts of Entsu-ji temple (Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan)

6.Goshuin of Entsu-ji

The goshuin of this temple is “Shokannon (聖観音)” which is the principal image of this temple.
We can get this goshuin in the entrance.
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7.How to get to Entsu-ji

The nearest station of Entsu-ji is “Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kitayama Station” or “Eizan Electric Railway Kurama Line Kyoto Seika University”.
(We can also go by bus from ‘Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kokusaikaikan’.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kitayama Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kitayama Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kitayama Station)
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■When you go on foot from Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kitayama Station

About 1.8km, 30 minutes.

■When you go on foot from Kyoto Bus Jidosha Kyoshujo-mae

About 600m, 10 minutes.

■When you get on a bus from Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Kokusaikaikan

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Bus Kokusaikaikan Sta. Bus Stop 2


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:46/Bound for Kitaoji Sta. (北大路駅)
Boarding bus stop:Kokusaikaikan Sta. Bus Stop 2 (国際会館駅前)
Alighting bus stop:Jidosha Kyoshujo-mae (自動車教習所前)
Bus fare:160 yen
Time required:About 5 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:About 3,650 yen (about 10 minutes)
From Kokusaikaikan Station:About 770 yen (about 5 minutes)
From Kitayama Station:About 850 yen (about 5 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.

8.Hotel search & reservation around Entsu-ji

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