Highlights and how to get to the Koryu-ji Temple.

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Koryu-ji Temple, located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Shingon Sect (真言宗).

It served as the ujidera (temple devoted to a clan’s guardian deity) of the Hata clan (秦氏) of naturalized citizens, is said to have been founded in 603 is the oldest temple in Kyoto, originating since before the relocation of the capital city to Heian-kyo (平安京).

It is also one of the seven major temples constructed by Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子).

The temple is known for its statue of the Bodhisattva Maitreya (弥勒菩薩) sitting contemplatively in the half-lotus position, the Japan’s first national treasure.

Contents:

  1. History of Koryu-ji Temple
  2. The seven major temples constructed by Prince Shotoku
  3. Information for visitors
  4. Highlights of Koryu-ji Temple
  5. Videos/Photos of Koryu-ji Temple
  6. Goshuin of Koryu-ji Temple
  7. How to get to Koryu-ji Temple
  8. Hotel search & reservation around Koryu-ji Temple
  9. Map of the other tourist spots

1.History of Koryu-ji Temple

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. XD

The Koryu-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Kyoto.
It is said to have been founded in 603, has a history of over 1400 years.
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Its honorific mountain prefix is ‘Hachiokasan. (蜂岡山)’
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The temple is also known by the names Hachioka-dera, Hoko-ji, Hatanokimi-dera and Uzumasa-dera.

The temple is known for its statue of the Bodhisattva Maitreya (弥勒菩薩) sitting contemplatively in the half-lotus position, a National Treasure, and is one of the seven major temples constructed by Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子).
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2.The seven major temples constructed by Prince Shotoku

According to the tradition, Prince Shotoku erected seven large temples in japan, and they are called ‘The seven major temples constructed by Prince Shotoku’.
Koryu-ji Temple is also one of them.
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By the way, the seven major temples constructed by Prince Shotoku are as follows.

The times of Prince Shotoku, the capital of Japan was Nara.
So, most of them are in Nara.

3.Information for visitors

Open:9:00~17:00 (change with the seasons)
Admission Fee:800 yen (Adults), 500 yen (High school students), 400 yen (Junior High School students or younger)
Address:32, Uzumasa Hachiokacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8162, Japan
Phone:+81-75-861-1461
Foundation:603
Founder:HATA no Kawakatsu (秦河勝)
Sect:Shingon Sect (真言宗)
Principal image:Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子)

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building of this temple.

・The worship method of a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, please refer to the following article.

Let’s go to see the highlights of this temple with me!
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4.Highlights of Koryu-ji Temple

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

・楼門(Ro-mon Gate)

Ro-mon Gate (built in 1702)
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It has a pair of wooden statues of the Deva Kings.
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・上宮王院太子殿(Joguo-in Taishi-den Hall)

Joguo-in Taishi-den Hall (rebuilt in 1730)
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This building has the role of the main hall of this temple.
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・講堂:重要文化財(Ko-do Hall:Important Cultural Property)

Ko-do Hall (rebuilt in 1165)
It was designated as an important cultural property.
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This building is said to be the oldest wooden building in Kyoto.
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・新霊宝殿*(Shin Reiho-den Hall)*

Numerous cultural properties are stored and exhibited in the Shin Reiho-den hall (treasure hall).
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・旧霊宝殿*(Kyu Reiho-den Hall)*

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・薬師堂(Yakushi-do Hall)

Standing Statue of Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来) (Important Cultural Property) is enshrined in it.
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・能楽堂(Nohgaku-do Hall)

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・地蔵堂(Jizo-do Hall)

Statue of Haraobi Jizo (腹帯地蔵) (Jizo with maternity girdle) is enshrined in it.
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・太秦殿(Uzumasa-den Hall)

HATA no Kawakatsu (秦河勝) who was the founder of this temple is enshrined in it.
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・書院(Shoin Hall)

The inside of this building is not open to the public now.
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・弁天社(Benten-sha Shrine)

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・大酒神社(Osake-jinja Shrine)

This shrine is Garanjin (伽藍神) located in the east side of Koryu-ji.
Garanjin means a deity that guards temples.
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Qin Shi Huang (first emperor of unified China) is enshrined in it.
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5.Videos/Photos of Koryu-ji Temple

Koryu-ji Temple [Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City] (広隆寺[京都市右京区])

6.Goshuin of Koryu-ji Temple

Temple’s Goshuin is “弥勒菩薩 (Miroku-Bosatsu/Maitreya)” which is one of the principal image of this temple.
We can get it in the entrance.
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7.How to get to Koryu-ji Temple

The nearest station is Randen Uzumasa-Koryuji station.
(We can also go by bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi station or Keihan Gion-shijo station.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Umeda (Osaka) Station to Uzumasa-Koryuji Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to Uzumasa-Koryuji Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to Uzumasa-Koryuji Station)
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■From Uzumasa-Koryuji Station (on foot)

■From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station (Bus)

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto City Bus Shijo Kawaramachi [D]


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:11/Bound for Saga Arashiyama (嵐山・嵯峨・山越)
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [D] (四条河原町D)
Alighting bus stop:Uzumasa Koryuji-mae (太秦広隆寺前)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 33 min

■From Keihan Shijo-keihan Station (Bus)

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto City Bus Shijo Keihan-mae [C]


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:11/Bound for Saga Arashiyama (嵐山・嵯峨・山越)
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae [C] (四条京阪前C)
Alighting bus stop:Uzumasa Koryuji-mae (太秦広隆寺前)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 48 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:About 2,930 yen (about 15 minutes)
From Arashiyama Station:About 1,200 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.

8.Hotel search & reservation around Koryu-ji Temple

9.Map of the other tourist spots

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