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Jisho-in Temple (慈照院) is one of sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Shokoku-ji (相国寺) which is located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Shokoku-ji, the head temple of this temple, is the head temple of the Rinzai sect Shokoku-ji School of Zen Buddhism, and it has a total of 16 sub-temples.

This temple was constructed in the Muromachi period of 1405 by a Zen priest and 13th abbot of Shokoku-ji, Chuen ZAICHU (在中中淹).

It is known as the Family temple of the 8th shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, Yoshimasa ASHIKAGA (足利義政), and one of the houses of an imperial princes, the Katsuranomiya family (桂宮家).

It is only open to the public on specific days (not fixed).


Contents:

  1. History of the Jisho-in
  2. Information for visitors
  3. Highlights of the Jisho-in
  4. Photos/Videos of the Jisho-in
  5. Goshuin of the Jisho-in
  6. How to get to the Jisho-in
  7. Hotel search & reservation around the Jisho-in
  8. Map of the other tourist spots

1.History of the Jisho-in

Let’s study the history of this temple with me.

I think that we can enjoy sightseeing of this temple more by learning the history of it. XDjishoin-03-2

Jisho-in Temple (慈照院) is one of sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Shokoku-ji (相国寺).

Shokoku-ji, the head temple of this temple, is the head temple of the Rinzai sect Shokoku-ji School of Zen Buddhism.

It is one of the Japan’s famous Zen temple and the second of the Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto.

Kyoto’s famous sites Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) and Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) are also external sub-temples of Shokoku-ji.


This temple was constructed in the Muromachi period of 1405 by a Zen priest and 13th abbot of Shokoku-ji, Chuen ZAICHU (在中中淹).

The original name of this temple was Daitoku-in (大徳院).

When Yoshimasa ASHIKAGA (足利義政) died in 1490, this temple became his family temple.

Because his posthumous name is Jishoin (慈照院殿喜山道慶大禪定門), the name of this temple was renamed to it.
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Yoshimasa ASHIKAGA (足利義政) is famous as a person who built Ginkaku-ji.

Therefore, the official name of Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) is also Jisho-ji (慈照寺).


In the early Edo period, Kinshuku Kentaku (昕叔顕啅), the 19th head priest of this temple, and Imperial Prince Toshihito HACHIJONOMIYA (八条宮智仁親王), the grandson of the hundred-sixth Emperor Ogimachi were friendly relationship.

(Imperial Prince Toshihito HACHIJONOMIYA is the person who made Katsura Imperial Villa (桂離宮).)

Because of this, this temple has a deep relationship with the Imperial family.

In the precincts there is the building where the Imperial family studies called Imperial family school.

This building is now the Sho-in Hall of this temple called Seiheki-ken (棲碧軒).jishoin-14


In addition, Kinshuku Kentaku (昕叔顕啅) also had a deep relationship with SEN no Sotan (千宗旦) who was the founder of the Sotan school (one of the school of the tea ceremonys).

For that reason, there is the teahouse named ‘Ishinsitsu (頤神室)’ particularly favored by SEN no Sotan in the precincts.
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2.Information for visitors

・It is only open to the public on specific days (not fixed).jishoin-01

■Special admission information (Japanese text only)

Below is the information on the Special admission in the winter of 2019.

Open:10:00~16:00 (January 10 – March 18, 2019)
Admission Fee:Adults 600 yen, Children 300 yen
Address:703, Sokokujimonzencho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0898, Japan
Phone:+81-75-441-6060
Foundation:1405
Founder:Chuen ZAICHU (在中中淹)
Sect:Rinzai Sect (臨済宗)
Principal image:Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu (十一面観世音菩薩)

・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.

Next, Let’s go to see the highlights of this temple with me!
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3.Highlights of the Jisho-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

・山門(San-mon Gate)

San-mon Gate, at the entrance of an approach to the temple.
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・客殿*(Kyaku-den Hall)*

Kyaku-den hall is on the left and Kuri (priests’ quarters) is on the right.
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It was built in 1671 and extended in 1736 of the Edo period.
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There are the beautiful fusuma paintings drawn by painters of the Kano School in this building.
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・客殿前庭*(Kyaku-den Garden)*

Kyaku-den Garden is a dry landscape garden which has the arrangement of stones, moss and 300 year-old pine tree.jishoin-11

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・棲碧軒*(Seiheki-ken Hall)*

Seiheki-ken (棲碧軒) was built in the early Edo period.

This building had a role of the Imperial family school.
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・頤神室*(Ishinsitsu Tea House)*

Teahouse named ‘Ishinsitsu (頤神室)’, particularly favored by SEN no Sotan, was built in the Edo period.
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・境内*(Precincts of the temple)*

Dry landscape garden of the entrance.
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The entrance window called Katomado (火灯窓).
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Scenery of the Kyaku-den Garden to watch from the Kyaku-den Hall.
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Courtyard of the Seiheki-ken (棲碧軒).
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Scenery of the Courtyard to watch from the Seiheki-ken.
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・桂宮家墓地(Graveyard of the Katsuranomiya family)

Graveyard of the Katsuranomiya family. (No admittance.)
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4.Photos/Videos of the Jisho-in

■Youtube:慈照院(京都市上京区):Jisho-in temple (Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan)

■imgur:Jisho-in Temple (Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto) [慈照院:京都市上京区]

Jisho-in Temple (Kaimgyo Ward, Kyoto) [慈照院:京都市上京区]


5.Goshuin of the Jisho-in

Temple’s Goshuin is “Namu Juichimen Kanzeon (南無十一面観世音)” which is the words to pray for the principal image of this temple.
We can get it in the Kyaku-den hall.
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6.How to get to the Jisho-in

The nearest station is Kyoto City Subway Karasuma-Line Kuramaguchi Sta.
(We can also go by bus from ‘Hankyu Kawaramachi Station’, and ‘Keihan Gion-Shijo Station’, However, we recommend a subway.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From JR Osaka Sta. to Kuramaguchi Sta.)
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■Route Example (From Osaka Metro Namba Sta. to Kuramaguchi Sta.)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Sta. to Kuramaguchi Sta.)
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■When you go on foot from Kuramaguchi Sta.

It’s about 7 minutes (400m) on foot.


■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Sta.

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.15 or 51 or 59[Bound for Ritsumeikan Univ. or Ryoanji Temple Via Kinkakuji Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo-Kawaramachi[A]
Alighting bus stop:Doshisha-mae (Doshisha Univ.)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 20 min

[Timetable]Route No.15

[Timetable]Route No.51

[Timetable]Route No.59

Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.201[Bound for Hyakumanben Via Gion]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo-Kawaramachi[E]
Alighting bus stop:Doshisha-mae (Doshisha Univ.)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 20 min

[Timetable]Route No.201


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

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.15 or 51 or 59[Bound for Ritsumeikan Univ. or Ryoanji Temple Via Kinkakuji Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae[C]
Alighting bus stop:Doshisha-mae (Doshisha Univ.)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 20 min

[Timetable]Route No.15

[Timetable]Route No.51

[Timetable]Route No.59

Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.201[Bound for Hyakumanben Via Gion]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae[C]
Alighting bus stop:Doshisha-mae (Doshisha Univ.)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 20 min

[Timetable]Route No.201


When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:About 2,690 yen (about 15 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:Abou 1,890 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.


7.Hotel search & reservation around the Jisho-in


8.Map of the other tourist spots


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