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

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Rinsho-in Temple (麟祥院) is one of the sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Myoshin-ji (妙心寺) which is located in Hanazono, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.

It was constructed in 1634 by the third generation Shogun Iemitsu TOKUGAWA (徳川家光), is also the family temple of Lady-Kasuga (春日局) who was the wet nurse of Iemitsu.

This temple has the beautiful moss garden and we can see the Unryu-zu (painting of dragon and clouds) which is the work of Yusetsu KAIHO (海北友雪).

Myoshin-ji, the head temple of Rinsho-in, is one of the biggest Zen temple in Japan, and it has a total of 48 sub-temples.

Among those sub-temples, only Keishun-in, Taizo-in, and Daishin-in are open to the public on a regular basis.

But Rinsho-in is only open to the public on specific days (not fixed).

Contents:

  1. History of the Rinsho-in
  2. Information for visitors
  3. Highlights of the Rinsho-in
  4. Photos/Videos of the Rinsho-in
  5. Goshuin of the Rinsho-in
  6. How to get to the Rinsho-in
  7. Hotel search & reservation around the Rinsho-in
  8. Map of the other tourist spots

1.History of the Rinsho-in

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

Rinsho-in Temple (麟祥院) is one of the sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Myoshin-ji (妙心寺) which is located in Hanazono, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Myoshin-ji is one of the biggest Zen temple in Japan, and it has a total of 48 sub-temples.
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The original temple named Kitsuji-shobukoji was constructed by Iemitsu TOKUGAWA (徳川家光), the third-generation shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, in 1634 for Lady-Kasuga’s family temple who was his wet nurse.

At the time of the foundation, this temple was built a little south location.

In 1897, the main hall of this temple, mausoleum and guardian deity were moved to its current location.

There is the stone monument showing Lady-Kasuga’s family temple at the side of the temple gate.
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2.Information for visitors

・It is only open to the public on specific days (not fixed).
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■Special admission information (Japanese text only)

Below is the information on “Special admission in the winter of 2019”.

Open:10:00~16:00 (January 10 – March 18, 2019)
Admission Fee:Adults 600 yen, Children 300 yen
Address:49, Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8035, Japan
Phone:+81- 75-463-6563
Foundation:1634
Founder:Lady-Kasuga (春日局)
Sect:Rinzai Sect (臨済宗)
Principal image:Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来)

・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 go to see the highlights of this temple with me!
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3.Highlights of the Rinsho-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

・山門(San-mon Gate)

San-mon Gate, at the entrance of an approach to the temple.
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・境内*(Precincts of the temple)*

Precincts of the temple overgrown with moss.
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The design of the tile roof is a family crest of Lady-Kasuga, is the three-line design called Sumikiri-kakuni-san (隅切角に三).
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・方丈*(Hojo Hall)*

Entrance to the Hojo Hall.
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The entrance window called Katomado (火灯窓).
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The whole view of the Hojo Hall. It was reconstructed in 1897.
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In this building, the Unryu-zu (painting of dragon and clouds) which is the work of Yusetsu KAIHO (海北友雪), a painter who represents the early Edo period, is displayed.
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This is the screen of many camellias (百椿図屏風) given for Lady-Kasuga by Iemitsu TOKUGAWA.
This is displayed in the Hojo Hall, too.
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・方丈庭園*(Hojo Garden)*

Hojo Garden is a dry landscape garden famous for hair moss.
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Dolphins, had been decorated in the old Yodo Castle’s roof of a castle-tower, is arranged on the right side of the garden.
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・御霊屋*(Mitamaya Hall)*

Mitamaya Hall is said to have been made by Enshu KOBORI (小堀遠州).
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The wooden statue of Lady Kasuga is enshrined in this building.
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・庫裏*(Kuri:priests’ quarters)*

Kuri (priests’ quarters)
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・春日稲荷*(Kasuga Inari Shrine)*

Kasuga Inari Shrine
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4.Photos/Videos of the Rinsho-in

■Youtube:麟祥院(京都市右京区):Rinsho-in temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan)

■imgur:Rinsho-in Temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto) [麟祥院:京都市右京区]

Rinsho-in Temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto) [麟祥院:京都市右京区]


5.Goshuin of the Rinsho-in

Temple’s Goshuin is “御福 (Ofuku)” which is the childhood name of Lady Kasuga.
We can get it in the entrance.
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6.How to get to the Rinsho-in

Rinsho-in is in the precincts of the Myoshin-ji.

The nearest station is JR Hanazono Station or Randen Kitano Line Myoshin-ji 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 JR Osaka Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■Route Example (From Osaka-Metro Namba Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■Route Example (From JR Kyoto Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■When you go on foot from JR Hanazono Station

It’s about 6 minutes (400m) on foot.

■When you go on foot from Randen Kitano Line Myoshin-ji Station

It’s about 5 minutes (300m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Sta.[D3]

・Routes/Destination:26/Bound for Omuro Ninnaji Temple


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:26/Bound for Omuro Ninnaji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D3]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 42 min

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto City Bus Shijo Kawaramachi [A]

・Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [A]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 43 min

・Kyoto Bus Shijo Kawaramachi

・Routes/Destination:63/Bound for Arashiyama


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:63/Bound for Arashiyama
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 34 min

・Routes/Destination:65/Bound for Arisugawa


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:65/Bound for Arisugawa
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 34 min

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

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Keihan-mae [C]

・Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae [C]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 40 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:2,610 yen ~ 3,210 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:2,450 yen ~ 2,910 yen (about 15 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.


7.Hotel search & reservation around the Rinsho-in

8.Map of the other tourist spots

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