Highlights and how to get to Jisso-in Temple.

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Jisso-in Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Iwakura, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Have you ever heard the word “Green leaf floor” and “Red leaf floor“?

Jisso-in Temple has beautiful scenery which is known  as “Green leaf floor” or “Red leaf floor”.

In addition, there are two Japanese gardens which has different scenery in the temple precincts.

These gardens are also famous for its beautiful autumn leaves in North Kyoto.


  1. About Jisso-in Temple
  2. “The Green Leaf Floor”, “The Red Leaf Floor” and “The White Snow Floor”
  3. The highlights of Jisso-in Temple
  4. Goshuin(The stamp of shrine or temple) of Jisso-in Temple
  5. How to get to Jisso-in Temple

1.About Jisso-in Temple

Jisson-in Temple is a monzeki temple, which is a special term for temples that have strong connections with families of imperial or high rank (court officers, samurai feudal lord families). Traditionally, members of these families served as the head monks (or nuns) of monzeki temples. Monzeki temples had great influence in the field of Japanese Buddhism while at the same time maintaining a special cultural and political relationship with the imperial family and samurai feudal governments. Because of this characteristic, monzeki temples have histories and cultural legacies that differ considerably from other kinds of temples.

Admission Fee:500 yen(High school student or older),250円(Elementary / Junior high school student)
Address:121, Iwakura Aguracho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0017, Japan
Phone Number:+81-75-781-5464

Jisso-in Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Iwakura, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.

This temple is one of the Monzeki Temples (a temple in which the head priest was traditionally a member of the Imperial Family or Regent Family).

Therefore, this temple is also known as ‘Iwakura Jisso-in Monseki Temple’.

This temple is now independent from the Tendai Sect but was originally a Jimon School of Tendai Sect.

Jisso-in Temple was founded by high Buddhist priest Joki sojo (sojo is any of three grades of the highest rank in the hierarchy of monks in most Buddhist sects) in 1229
during the Kamakura period.
The principal image of this temple is Fudo Myoo (Acala).

This temple is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves.

An admission fee is 500 yen (Adults).

2.”The Green Leaf Floor”, “The Red Leaf Floor” and “The White Snow Floor”

Overall rating of colored leaves season:★★★☆☆
Congestion rating during colored leaves season:★★★☆☆
Peak of the autumn leaves:Mid November – Early December

The floor of this temples is thickly lacquered.
Therefore outside scenery reflects on the floor.

Spring is pink of the cherry tree.
Summer is green of the maples.
Autumn is red of the colored leaves.
Winter is white of the snow.

A nickname of this floor’s beautiful scenery is “The Green Leaf Floor” or “The Red Leaf Floor”…etc.

The scenery of this room became the collection of photographs.

京都岩倉実相院 [ 室田康雄 ]

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But, it’s prohibited to take photos in this building (include this floor).

3.The highlights of Jisso-in Temple

●山水庭園(Landscape garden)

There is the landscape garden between Kyakuden (reception hall) and Shoin (Study Hall).

This garden is the Chisen Kaiyu style garden (a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond and spring).

In autumn, the maple leaves in this garden turn red.

We are able to have a relaxed time while looking at colored leaves in this garden.

●石庭「こころのお庭」(Stone Garden (Kokoro-no-oniwa))

This is another garden of this temple which is called “Kokoro-no-oniwa”.
This garden is the dry-landscape garden which is called “Karesansui”.

The characteristic of this garden is three wooden big art objects.
These art objects are expressing a big wave.

This garden has the borrowed landscape of Mt. Hiei, as seen at the back.

4.Goshuin(The stamp of shrine or temple) of Jisso-in Temple

The sanskrit characters which can read as “カーン(Kan)” is written to Goshuin with a sumi.
“カーン(Kan)” is the sanskrit characters to express Acala which is the principal idol of this temple.

5.How to get to Jisso-in Temple

The nearest station of Jisso-in Temple is “Eizan Electric Railway Iwakura Station”.
It’s about 25 minutes from Iwakura station to Jisso-in Temple on foot.
(In addition, We can go by bus from “Hankyu Kawaramachi Station” or “Subway Kokusaikaikan Station”.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka)

■Route Example (From Namba)

■Route Example (From Kyoto)

■Eizan Electric Railway Iwakura Station→Jisso-in Temple

We can go by bus or on foot.

■In the case of on foot

It’s about 25 minutes (1.5km) from Eizan Electric Railway Iwakura station to Jisso-in Temple on foot.

■In the case of bus

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

①When you get on a bus from Iwakura Station


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:21,23,24(Bound for Iwakura Jissoin)
Boarding bus stop:Iwakura Sta. No.4 bus stop
Alighting bus stop:Iwakura Jissoin
Bus fare:160 yen
Time required:About 5 min

②When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:21,23(Bound for Iwakura Jissoin)
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Iwakura Jissoin
Bus fare:350 yen
Time required:About 45 min

③When you get on a bus from Subway Kokusaikaikan Station


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:24(Bound for Iwakura Jissoin)
Boarding bus stop:Kokusaikaikan Sta. No.1 Bus stop
Alighting bus stop:Iwakura Jissoin
Bus fare:170 yen
Time required:About 15 min

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