Highlights and how to get to the Korin-in Temple.

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Korin-in (興臨院) is a temple of the Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect, located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, and is the tatchu (sub-temple) of Daitoku-ji.

Daitoku-ji is one of the most huge zen-temple in Kyoto, and now it has a total of 24 sub-temples.

Those sub-temples are small temples but have a distinctive charm that big temple does not have.
In addition, they have a history with the deep relationship with their main-temple.

So, when you go to Daitoku-ji, I recommend that you go to these sub-temples.

Korin-in is a family temple of the Maeda clan of Kaga Province (加賀前田家) which is famous for “Kaga Hyakumangoku (加賀百万石)” , meaning “Kaga One million-koku” (Koku is a unit to measure the weight of rice in the old days of Japan.

The highlight of this temple is ‘Karesansui gardens (Japanese rock gardens)‘ which was designed by Kinsaku Nakane (中根金作) who was a leading Japanese garden designer in the Showa period.

Contents:

  1. History of Korin-in
  2. About Korin-in
  3. Information for visitors
  4. Highlights of Korin-in
  5. Videos and photos of Korin-in
  6. Goshuin (red seal) of Korin-in
  7. How to get to Korin-in
  8. Hotel search & reservation around Korin-in

1.History of Korin-in

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

Korin-in (興臨院) is a temple of the Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect, located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, and is the tatchu (sub-temple) of Daitoku-ji.
Daitoku-ji is one of the most huge zen-temple in Kyoto.

The principal image of Daitoku-ji and this temple is Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来).
Shaka Nyorai (Shikyajirai or Shakamuni-butsu) is a title of respect for Shaka (Kudonshittaruta, Gautama Siddhaartha in Sanskrit, Gotama Siddhatthaa in Pali), a founder of Buddhism, as Buddha.

Korin-in was founded in about 1521 of the Muromachi period by Yoshinari HATAKEYAMA (畠山義総) who was a daimyo based in Noto Province in the Sengoku Period.
Because his Buddhist name was ‘Korinin-Denotokuin-Daikoji (興臨院殿伝翁徳胤大居士)’, this temple was named ‘Korin-in (興臨院)’.

It became a disused temple in the late Sengoku Period, but was rebuilt by Toshiie MAEDA (前田利家) who was a founder of the Maeda clan, Kaga hanshu (the Lord of the Kaga domain).
So, it is a family temple of the Maeda clan now.
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2.About Korin-in

Attention : You can worship to this temple only during the special worship period.


Open:10:00 ~ 16:30 (There is a possibility of changes.)
Admission fee:600 yen(Adults)
Address:80, Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8231, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-491-7636
Foundation:about 1521
Founder:Yoshinari HATAKEYAMA (畠山義総)
Sect:Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect
Principal image:Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来)

Korin-in (興臨院) is a temple of the Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect, located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, and is the tatchu (sub-temple) of Daitoku-ji.
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This temple isn’t usually open to the public, but you can worship only during the special worship period.
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Daitoku-ji is one of the most huge zen-temple in Kyoto, and now it has a total of 24 sub-temples.
Korin-in is one of the sub-temple of Daitoku-ji.
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This temple is related to Yoshinari HATAKEYAMA (畠山義総) and Toshiie MAEDA (前田利家).
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Because many japanese maples are planted in the precincts, Autumn leaves are very beautiful in autumn.
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Korin-in!!
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3.Information for visitors

・You can worship to this temple only during the special worship period.

・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.

4.Highlights of Korin-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

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

This is Omote-mon Gate which is designated as important cultural property.
This gate is one of the oldest gates in the gate at Daitoku-ji.
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庫裏*:Kuri*

This is Kuri.
This building was built in the Showa period, so it is a relatively new building.
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●唐門(重要文化財)*:Kara-mon Gate*(Important cultural property)

This is Kara-mon Gate which has the role as a entrance of Hojo.
It is designated as important cultural property.
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This gate is made of Zen Buddhism architecture.
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方丈(重要文化財)*:Hojo*(Important cultural property)

This is Hojo which was built in about 1533 of the Muromachi period, designated as important cultural property.
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The characteristic of Muromachi period architecture is that the roof is low.
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It is west side of Hoji.
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It is north side of Hoji.
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Autumn leaves are very beautiful in autumn. XD
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It is east side of Hoji.
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方丈前庭*:Hojo garden*

There is a Japanese rock garden (Karesansui : 枯山水) on the south side of Hoji.
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White sand represents the sea, and stone represents Horai Mountain which is the view of Zen.
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This garden was restored by Kinsaku NAKANE (中根金作) in the Showa period.
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茶室・涵虚亭*:Tea House ‘Kankyo-tei (涵虚亭)’*

This is the tea house ‘Kankyo-tei.’
The meaning of Kan (涵) is ‘full feeling’ and Kyo (虚) is ’empty feeling.’
The contradictory words are one of the teachings of Zen (禅).
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5.Videos and photos of Korin-in

■Flickr:興臨院:Korin-in(20161006)

興臨院:Korin-in(20161006)

6.Goshuin (red seal) of Korin-in

Goshuin of this temple is “Shakamunibutsu (釈迦牟尼仏)” which is the principal image of this temple.
We can get this goshuin at the entrance. (300 yen)
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7.How to get to Korin-in

How to get to Korin-in is as follows.
It is located in the precincts of Daitoku-ji.

The nearest station of Korin-in is “Kyoto City Subway Karasuma-Line Kitaoji Station”.
(We can also go by bus from JR Kyoto Station.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to Kitaoji Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Kitaoji Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Kitaoji Station)
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■When you go on foot from Kitaoji Station

It’s about 25 minutes (1.3 km) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from Kitaoji Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kitaoji Bus Terminal [G]


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:204/Bound for Kinkakuji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kitaoji Bus Terminal [G]
Alighting bus stop:Daitokuji-mae (Daitokuji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 5 min


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:204/Bound for Ginkakuji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kitaoji Bus Terminal [G]
Alighting bus stop:Daitokuji-mae (Daitokuji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 5 min

・Kitaoji Bus Terminal [G]


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:206/Bound for Kyoto Sta.
Boarding bus stop:Kitaoji Bus Terminal [G]
Alighting bus stop:Daitokuji-mae (Daitokuji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 5 min


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:206/Bound for Kyoto Sta. Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kitaoji Bus Terminal [G]
Alighting bus stop:Daitokuji-mae (Daitokuji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 5 min

■When you get on a bus from Kyoto Sta.

  Timetable and Route Search of bus


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:206/Bound for Kitaoji Bus Terminal Via Daitokuji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta. [A3]
Alighting bus stop:Daitokuji-mae (Daitokuji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 35 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:2,770 yen ~ 3,360 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:2,450 yen ~ 2,960 yen (about 20 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 Korin-in

How did you like it?

Please try to go to this temple.

Have a nice trip! XD

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