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Kodai-ji is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Kennin-ji school of the Rinzai Sect located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City.

It was founded in 1606 of the early Edo period by Kodaiin (高台院) who was a lawful wife of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀吉).

Therefore the name of this temple is ‘Kodai-ji’.

It is said that she was in earnest love him throughout the life.
And, after his death, she built this temple to mourn for his soul.

Yes, this is the temple where her affection for Hideyoshi was expressed.

In addition, it is designated as the Michelin green guide ★★, and the garden is designated as a historic site and a place of scenic beauty.

Let’s go to the Kodai-ji if you want to know the true love…

So, I went to Kodai-ji this time.

Contents:

  1. The history of Kodai-ji
  2. About Kodai-ji
  3. Kyoto’s spring illumination event : ‘Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro’
  4. Information for visitors
  5. The highlights of Kodai-ji
  6. The videos/photos of Kodai-ji
  7. The goshuin (the stamp of shrine or temple) of Kodai-ji
  8. How to get to Kodai-ji
  9. Hotel search & reservation around Kodai-ji

1.The history of Kodai-ji

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

This temple was originally devoted to the Soto Sect (曹洞宗).
But, in 1624, Kodai-ji invited Rinzai Sect Kennin-ji Temple priest Sanko Joeki (三江紹益) to serve as a reviving founder.
For this reason, Kodai-ji converted from the Soto Sect (曹洞宗) to the Rinzai Sect (臨済宗).

Kodai-ji was founded in 1606 by Kodaiin (高台院) who was a lawful wife of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀吉).
Kodaiin’s true name was ‘Nene (ねね)‘, and she was also called ‘Kita no Mandokoro (北政所).’
(She was a daughter of Sadatoshi SUGIHARA (杉原定利) who was the busho (Japanese military commander) in the Sengoku period.)

Here is the question!!

‘How many wives of Hideyoshi Toyotomi would there be?’

The answer is …

Fourteen‘ !! :-O

However, 13 of those wives were concubine, and lawful wife was only Nene.

But why was she able to become Hideyoshi’s lawful wife??
As for it, a story of the love of Hideyoshi and Nene is a reason…

She married Hideyoshi at 14 years old!!
Hideyoshi at that time of marriage was the name called “Tokichiro KINOSHITA”, and he was one of the servants of Nobunaga ODA (織田信長) and had been accorded very low social rank.
Nevertheless, she married Hideyoshi at 14 years old!!
Besides, at that point in time when political marriages were the norm, Nene and Hideyoshi was a rare case of marriage for love!!

Then why did he have many other wives・・・?

As a reason for that … ‘a child was not born to them.’
(Hideyori TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀頼) who was a heir of Hideyoshi was the Hideyoshi’s concubine, Yodo-dono‘s son.)
And, she was troubled with his immorality many times afterwards…7

However, she helped him devotedly after that too.

It is really love’s work…

Hideyoshi Toyotomi died of an illness at 62 years old in 1598.
So, in 1605, she consulted with Ieyasu TOKUGAWA (徳川家康) to build Kodai-ji to pray for the repose of Hideyoshi’s soul, and decided to live in this temple for the rest of her life.

2.About Kodai-ji

Kōdai-ji (高台寺 Kōdai-ji), formally identified as Jubuzan Kōdai-ji (鷲峰山高台寺 Jubuzan Kōdai-ji), is a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan—the largest subtemple of the Kennin-ji branch. It was established in 1606 by Nene (often known by the title Kita no Mandokoro, and who had taken the name Kōdai-in), the widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, to pray for her late husband. The principal image is a statue of Shaka.
引用(citation):https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Ddai-ji

Open:9:00~17:30 (special night visits ~22:00)
Admission fee:600 yen (Adult), 250 yen (Junior high school / high school student)
Address:526, Shimokawaracho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0825, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-561-9966
Foundation:1606
Founder:Kodaiin(高台院)
Sect:Kennin-ji school of the Rinzai Sect (臨済宗建仁寺派)
Principal image:Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来)

Kodai-ji is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Kennin-ji school of the Rinzai Sect located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City.
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Kodai-ji was founded in 1606 by Kodaiin (高台院) who was a lawful wife of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀吉).
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The garden of this temple is designated as a historic site and a place of scenic beauty.
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An admission fee is 600 yen (Adults).
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3.Kyoto’s spring illumination event : ‘Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro’

The illuminations event called ‘Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro (京都東山花灯路)‘ is held every spring in Higashiyama, Kyoto.

Kodai-ji is also a venue of this events.
So, if you can go to this temple in spring, let’s go at night.

↓Visit article of ‘Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro’ is here.↓

4.Information for visitors

・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.

Let’s follow a rule.

5.The highlights of Kodai-ji

This seal (*) is a pay area.

表門 (重要文化財):Omote-mon gate (Important cultural property)

This is Omote-mon gate which have been designated as important cultural property.
This gate is built in the place slightly away from a temple.
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This gate was reconstructed in the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (安土桃山時代).
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ねねの道:Nene no Michi

Approach to the temple is called ’Nene-no-michi (ねねの道:Nene’s Street).’
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‘Nene (ねね)’ is the true name of Kodaiin who was the founder of this temple.
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台所坂:Daidokoro-zaka (slope)

The slope which lead from Nene-no-Michi path to the Kodai-ji precincts is called ‘Daidokoro-zaka (台所坂).’
Because this slope has very beautiful fresh green in the early summer and has autumn leaves in the autumn, it is a famous photography spot of Kyoto.
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山門:San-mon gate

The gate built on the top of the slope is San-mon gate.
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庫裏:Kuri

This is Kuri.
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湖月庵(茶室)*:Kogetsu-an (Tea house)*

This is Kogetsu-an which has a role of the tea house.
Even now, a tea-ceremony is held here.
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遺芳庵(茶室)*:Iho-an (Tea house)*

This is Iho-an which has a role of the tea house.
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This is the building which Shoeki HAIYA (灰屋紹益) who was the wealthy merchant of Kyoto built for Yoshino Tayu (吉野太夫) who was the wife of him.
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書院*:Shoin*

This is Shoin.
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方丈*:Hojo*

This is Hojo which was reconstructed in 1912 of Taisho period.
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The sitting statue of Shaka Nyorai which is the principal image of this temple is enshrined in this building.
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波心庭*:Hashin-tei (garden)*

The front garden of Hojo is called ‘Hashin-tei (波心庭).’
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This garden is the Japanese rock garden (Karesansui:枯山水) which famous for a characteristic ripple mark.
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The projection mapping is held in spring and autumn at this garden.
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勅使門*:Chokushi-mon gate*

This is Chokushi-mon gate which was reconstructed in 1912 of Taisho period.
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中門*:Chu-mon gate*

This is Chu-mon gate which has a role as a entrance of Kaizan-do.
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開山堂 (重要文化財)*:Kaizan-do (Important cultural property)*

This is Kaizan-do which has been designated as an important cultural property, and reconstructed in 1605 of the Edo period.
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The statue of Sanko Joeki (三江紹益) who was the restoration patriarch of this temple is enshrined in this building.
And there is the picture of the dragon which was drawn by Sanraku KANO (狩野山楽) on the ceiling of this building.
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観月台 (重要文化財)*:Kangetsu-dai (Important cultural property)*

A small building in the middle of the corridor is Kangetsu-dai which has been designated as an important cultural property.
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It is said that Kodaiin thought of the memory with Hideyoshi while watching the moon here.
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臥龍廊*:Garyu-ro*

A corridor in the right side of Kaizan-do is Garyu-ro.
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霊屋 (重要文化財)*:Otama-ya (Important cultural property)*

This is Otayama-ya which was built in 1605 of the early Edo period, and it has been designated as an important cultural property.
The statues of Hideyoshi and Kodaiin are enshrined in this building.
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傘亭(茶室) (重要文化財)*:Kasa-tei(Tea house) (Important cultural property)*

This is Kasa-tei which has a role of the tea house, and it has been designated as an important cultural property.
It is said to have been relocated to this temple from Fushimi-jo (伏見城) and particularly favored by SEN no Rikyu (千利休).
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The ceiling of this building is made with bamboo.
Because the framework of ceiling is totally like the umbrella, this building is called Kasa-tei. (‘Kasa’ has a meaning of umbrella.)
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時雨亭(茶室) (重要文化財)*:Shigure-tei(Tea house) (Important cultural property)*

This is Shigure-tei which has a role of the tea house, and it has been designated as an important cultural property.
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It is a rare tea house because it has a two-storey structure.
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雲居庵(茶室)*:Ungo-an(Tea house)*

This is Ungo-an which has a role of the tea house.
The old days, here was a temple called ‘Ungo-ji (雲居寺).’
The name of this tea house is this temple’s trace.
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We can drink powdered green tea here. (500 yen.)
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鐘楼:Shoro (bell tower)

This is Shoro.
The temple bell which has been designated as an important cultural property was hung in this building until 2010.
The present bell is the second.
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天満宮:Tenman-gu (shrine)

This is Tenman-gu which was built in 1606 of the early Edo period.
SUGAWARA no Michizane (菅原道真) which is God of the study is enshrined in this shrine.
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Maniguruma (prayer wheel) is installed around this shrine.
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月真院:Gesshin-in

This is Gesshin-in which is one of the sub-temple of Kodai-ji.
This temple is along a street of ‘Nene no Michi’.
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This temple was constructed in 1616 of the Edo period by Gensho HISABAYASHI (久林玄昌) who was the Kodaiin’s cousin.
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三面大黒天:Sanmen-daikokuten

This is Sanmen-daikokuten.
Sanmen-daikokuten is God which was believed when Hideyoshi succeeded in his life.
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Because this god has a face and divine favor of Daikokuten, Benzaiten and Bishamonten, it is called Sanmen-daikokuten. (‘Sanmen (三面)’ has a meaning of three faces.)
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歌仙堂:Kasen-do

This building which is in the precincts of Sanmen-daikokuten is Kasen-do.
Katsutoshi KINOSHITA (木下勝俊) who was a nephew of Kodaiin and was said to be the genius of the Japanese poetry is enshrined in this building.
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6.The videos/photos of Kodai-ji

■YouTube:kodaiji projection mapping 2016 spring

■YouTube:高台寺 方丈前庭の風景:Hojo front garden of Kodai-ji 

■Flickr:高台寺:Kodai-ji(20160930)

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7.The goshuin (the stamp of shrine or temple) of Kodai-ji

The goshuin of this temple is “Busshin (佛心)” which has the meaning of ‘spirit of Buddha’.
We can get this goshuin in the reception desk of the entrance. (300 yen)
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8.How to get to Kodai-ji

How to get to Kodai-ji is as follows.

The nearest station of Kodai-ji is “Keihan Gion-Shijo Station” or “Hankyu Kawaramachi 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 Keihan Gion Shijo Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Keihan Gion Shijo Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Keihan Gion Shijo Station)
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■When you go on foot from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station

It’s about 20 minutes (1 km) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Sta.[D1]

[Timetable]Route No.100 *Recommended bus


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.100[Bound for Ginkakuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D1]
Alighting bus stop:Higashiyama Yasui
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 14 min

[Timetable]Route No.110


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.110[Bound for Heian-jingu Shrine Via Gion]
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D1]
Alighting bus stop:Higashiyama Yasui
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 14 min

・Kyoto Sta.[D2]

[Timetable]Route No.206


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.206[Bound for Gion Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D2]
Alighting bus stop:Higashiyama Yasui
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 19 min

[Timetable]Route No.86


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.86[Bound for Sanjo Keihan Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D2]
Alighting bus stop:Higashiyama Yasui
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 19 min

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Kawaramachi[E]

[Timetable]Route No.207


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.207[Bound for Tofukuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi[E]
Alighting bus stop:Higashiyama Yasui
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 8 min

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

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Keihan-mae[A]

[Timetable]Route No.207


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:No.207[Bound for Tofukuji Temple Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae[A]
Alighting bus stop:Higashiyama Yasui
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 7 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:1,490 yen ~ 1,760 yen (about 10 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:610 yen ~ 720 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 Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.

9.Hotel search & reservation around Kodai-ji

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Have a nice trip! XD

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