The highlights and how to get to Ikka-in.

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Ikka-in (一華院) is a temple of the Tofuku-ji school of the Rinzai sect, located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, and is one of a tatchu (sub-temple) of Tofuku-ji.

Tofuku-ji is the fourth grade of Kyoto Gozan (Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto), and it has a total of 25 sub-temples.

Ikka-in is only open to the public on specific days.
(Around November of the autumn season)

The highlight of this temple is the garden which has the pine tree with graceful branches.
In this garden, we can experience “One’s reality” which is one of a Zen-like state.

If you want to experience “One’s reality” which is one of a Zen-like state, please visit this temple!!

So, I visited Ikka-in this time.

Contents:

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

1.The history of Ikka-in

Let’s study the history of this sub-temple with me before introducing of Ikka-in (一華院).
I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this sub-temple more by learning the history of it. XD

Ikka-in was founded in 1382 of the Muromachi period by Keneki Togen (東漸建易) who was the 67th chief priest of Tofuku-ji.
This temple became ruined afterwards, but it is said that it was revived in 1821 of the Edo period by Tenzui (天瑞) who was the priest of Reiun-in.

This temple has two ‘Zen mondo (riddles).’
So, let’s study these ‘Zen mondo (riddles)’ with me.

The first ‘Zen mondo (riddles)’ comes from the name of this temple.
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One sentence of ‘Dempoge (伝法偈)’ that is the teaching of the Zen is an origin of the name of this temple.

‘一華開五葉 結果自然成’
‘Ikka-Goyo (一華五葉)’ means ‘one flower opens with five petals.’

This sentence has following meanings.

Here is one flower…
And five beautiful petals will bloom to this flower.
However, there is this flower only in the depths of your heart.
So, other people can’t see this flower.

Then, what kind of flower (five pieces of petals) will bloom?
Do you want to know it?

If you want to know about it, it is necessary for you to study the Zen.
Because only you can see this flower…

You can feel the flower which blooms in your heart by studying the Zen.

The second ‘Zen mondo (riddles)’ comes from the pine tree which is planted in the south garden and the pattern of the stone in the north garden of this temple.

The pine tree which is planted in the south garden is called ‘Ikimatsu (依稀松:Iki pine tree).’
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In addition, the stone which is put in the north garden is called ‘Hofutsuseki (彷彿石:Hofutsu stone).’
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‘Iki (依稀)’ means ‘the state that is not clear’, ‘Hofutsh (彷彿)’ means ‘a near likeness’ and these are one sentence of the teaching of the Zen.

「依稀たり松の屈曲、彷彿たり石の爛班」
‘The curve of the pine tree and the pattern of the stone have the state that are not clear.’

This sentence has following meanings.

The branch of this pine resembles a dragon and a phoenix but this is simply a pine tree.
And the pattern of the stone of this garden resembles a tiger but this is simply a stone.

What kind of meaning do these sentences have?

This sentences have following meanings.
‘Try to only see the one’s reality.’

Yes, the world of the Zen is very difficult and deep…

2.The history of Tofuku-ji (the main temple of Ikka-in)

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

3.About Ikka-in

Open:10:00 ~ 16:00
Admission fee:400 yen (High school student or older), 300 yen (Elementary / Junior high school student)
Admission fee (include a green tea and a teacake):1,200 yen

Address:15-800, Hommachi, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0981, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-561-7274
Foundation:1382
Founder:Keneki Togen (東漸建易)
Sect:Tofuku-ji school of the Rinzai sect
Principal image:Byakue Kannon (白衣観音)

Ikka-in (一華院) is a temple of the Tofuku-ji school of the Rinzai sect, located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, and is one of a tatchu (sub-temple) of Tofuku-ji.
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Tofuku-ji is the fourth grade of Kyoto Gozan (Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto), and it has a total of 25 sub-temples.
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Ikka-in is only open to the public on specific days. (Around November of the autumn season)
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The highlight of this temple is the garden which has the pine tree with graceful branches.
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These sub-temples have a history with the deep relationship with the main-temple.
So, when you go to Tofuku-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 Ikka-in!!
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4.Information for visitors

・It is only open to the public on specific days. (Around November of the autumn season)

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building 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.

5.The highlights of Ikka-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.
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●方丈*:Hojo*

This is the Hojo.
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The seated statue of Byakue Kannon (白衣観音) which is the principal image of this temple is enshrined in this building.
(I extracted this photo from a brochure.)
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We can see the south garden from the hall of Hojo.
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書院*:Shoin*

There is the Shoin on the east side of the Hojo.
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View from the Shoin’s window.
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依稀松の庭 (南庭)*:Ikimatsu-no-niwa garden (South garden)*

This is the south garden called ‘Ikimatsu-no-niwa garden‘.
One big pine tree called ‘Ikimatsu’ is planted in the center of this garden.
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View from the Hojo’s hall.
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彷彿石庭 (北庭)*:Hofutsu-Sekitei garden (North garden)*

This is the north garden called ‘Hofutsu-Sekitei garden‘.
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This is the Karesansui garden (Japanese rock garden) where stones resembling the tiger’s pattern are put.
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6.The photos of Ikka-in

■Flickr:一華院:Ikka-in(20161130)

一華院:Ikka-in(20161130)

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

The goshuin of this temple is “一華開五葉” which is the sentence of the origin of this temple’s name.
We can get this goshuin in the reception desk of the entrance. (300 yen)
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8.How to get to Ikka-in

How to get to Ikka-in is as follows.

The nearest station of Ikka-in is “JR・Keihan Tofuku-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 Tofuku-ji Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to JR Tofuku-ji Station)
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■When you go on foot from JR・Keihan Tofuku-ji Station

It’s about 15 minutes (700m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Sta.[D2]:208/Bound for Tofukuji Temple


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:208/Bound for Tofukuji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D2]
Alighting bus stop:Tofukuji
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 16 min

・Kyoto Sta.[C4]:South-5/Bound for Takeda Sta. Via Inari-taisha Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:South-5/Bound for Takeda Sta. Via Inari-taisha Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[C4]
Alighting bus stop:Tofukuji-michi
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 11 min

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Kawaramachi [E]:207/Bound for Tofukuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:207/Bound for Tofukuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [E]
Alighting bus stop:Tofukuji
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 20 min

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

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Keihan-mae[2]:207/Bound for Tofukuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:207/Bound for Tofukuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae[2]
Alighting bus stop:Tofukuji
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 18 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:1,330 yen ~ 1,600 yen (about 10 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:1,490 yen ~ 1,840 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 Ikka-in

How did you like it?

Please try to go to this temple.

Have a nice trip! XD

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