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

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Koto-in (高桐院) 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.

Among the sub-temples, those that are generally open to the public are Ryogen-in Temple, Zuiho-in Temple, Daisen-in Temple and Koto-in Temple.

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.

This temple connected to the Hosokawa Clan (細川家) and contains the tombs of individuals including Tadaoki HOSOKAWA (細川忠興) and his wife Gracia HOSOKAWA (細川ガラシャ).

And it is designated as michelin green guide ★.

*Attention : We cannot enter this temple for the repair of the roof from June 2017 until March 2019.

Contents:

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

1.History of Koto-in

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

Koto-in (総見院) 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. kotoin-04

Koto-in was founded in 1602 by Tadaoki HOSOKAWA (細川忠興), a resourceful general who made his name during the Sengoku Period (Period of Warring States) (Japan) and one of the seven disciples of tea ceremony master Rikyu, and he named his uncle Gyokuho Joso as kaisan (founding priest).

In 1579, he married Mitsuhide’s 3rd daughter Tamako (Gracia HOSOKAWA).
Tadaoki was a disciple of SEN no Rikyu (千利休) and was famous as a great master of tea ceremony.
Tamako was a Christian, so received the Christian name ‘Garasha’, a Japanized form of Gracia (from Gratia, meaning grace and blessing in Latin).

There is a tea room which was favored by Rikyu Senno in the building of this temple.
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There is the graves of Tadaoki HOSOKAWA and his wife Gracia HOSOKAWA.
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2.About Koto-in

*Attention : We cannot enter this temple for the repair of the roof from June 2017 until March 2019.

Open:9:00~16:30
Admission fee:400 yen (Adults), 300 yen (Junior high student), 200 yen (Child)
Address:73-1, Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8231, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-492-0068
Foundation:1601
Founder:Tadaoki HOSOKAWA (細川忠興)
Sect:Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect
Principal image:Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来)

Koto-in (高桐院) 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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Among the sub-temples of Daitoku-ji, those that are generally open to the public are Ryogen-in Temple, Zuiho-in Temple, Daisen-in Temple and Koto-in Temple.
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It is designated as michelin green guide ★.
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It is connected to the Hosokawa Clan and contains the tombs of individuals including Tadaoki HOSOKAWA and his wife Gracia HOSOKAWA.
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Admission fee is 400 yen (adult).
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Koto-in!!
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3.Information for visitors

*Attention : We cannot enter this temple for the repair of the roof from June 2017 until March 2019.

・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 Koto-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

・参道:Approach to the temple

It is famous for the beautiful approach to the temple.
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・庫裏*:Kuri*

This is Kuri.
It has the role of the entrance of the temple.
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・本堂*:Hon-do hall*

This is the Hon-do hall.
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This building suffered a great damage during Haibutsu-kishaku (a movement to abolish Buddhism) in the early Meiji period.
So, it was reconstructed in the Meiji period.
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We can look at the garden from the veranda of this building slowly.
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・蓬莱(茶室)*:Horai(tea room)*

This is the Horai (tea room).
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・庭園「楓の庭」*:Garden of the maple*

The garden in the south side of Hon-do hall is called “garden of the maple.”
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Just like the name, a lot of maple trees are planted in the garden.
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・意北軒(書院)*:Ihoku-ken(Shoin hall)*

This is Shoin hall.
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This building is also called Ihoku-ken, was originally a residence of SEN no Rikyu (千利休).
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・松向軒(茶室)*:Shoko-ken(tea room)*

This is Shoko-ken(tea room).
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・細川忠興・ガラシャの墓所*:(Grave of Tadaoki HOSOKAWA and Gracia HOSOKAWA)*

It is connected to the Hosokawa Clan and contains the tombs of individuals including Tadaoki HOSOKAWA and his wife Gracia HOSOKAWA.
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5.Videos and photos of Koto-in

■Flickr:高桐院:Koto-in temple (20161007)

高桐院:Koto-in temple (20161007)

6.Goshuin (red seal) of Koto-in

Goshuin of this temple is “Koto-in (高桐院)”.
We can get this goshuin at the entrance. (300 yen)
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7.How to get to Koto-in

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

The nearest station of Koto-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 Koto-in

How did you like it?

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Have a nice trip! XD

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