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

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Ryogen-in (龍源院) 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.

Ryogen-in Temple it the oldest of all Daitoku-ji Temple’s sub-temples was founded by Tokei Soboku (東渓宗牧) in 1502 and established by Yoshimoto HATAKEYAMA (畠山義元) of Noto Province, Yoshioki OUCHI (大内義興) of Suo Province and Yoshichika OTOMO (大友義長) of Bungo Province.

It is designated as michelin green guide ★.

Contents:

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

1.History of Ryogen-in

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

Ryogen-in Temple is the oldest of all Daitoku-ji Temple’s sub-temples was founded by Tokei Soboku (東渓宗牧) in 1502 and established by Yoshimoto HATAKEYAMA (畠山義元) of Noto Province, Yoshioki OUCHI (大内義興) of Suo Province and Yoshichika OTOMO (大友義長) of Bungo Province.
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Daitoku-ji Temple has four lineages called Northern lineage (北派), Southern lineage (南派), Shinju lineage (真珠派) and Ryosen lineage (龍泉派).

This temple is the main temple of the Southern lineage of Daitoku-ji Temple whereas Daisen-in Temple is the main temple of the Northern lineage of Daitoku-ji Temple.

By the way, Ikkyu Sojun (一休宗純) who became a model of famous Japanese animation ‘THE YOUNG MONK IKKYU (Ikkyu-san)‘ was the leader of Shinju lineage.

2.About Ryogen-in

Open:9:00~16:20
Admission fee:350 yen (Adult), 250 yen (Junior high student), 200 yen (Child)
Address:82-1, Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8231, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-492-0068
Foundation:1502
Founder:Yoshichika OTOMO (大友義長) Yoshioki OUCHI (大内義興) , Yoshimoto HATAKEYAMA (畠山義元)
Sect:Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect
Principal image:Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来)

Ryogen-in (龍源院) 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.
It is designated as michelin green guide ★.
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This temple is the main temple of the Southern lineage of Daitoku-ji Temple.
There are five different gardens in the precincts of this temple.
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Because the precincts of this temple and garden are covered with moss, it is also called ‘the Moss Temple of the northern part of Kyoto City’.
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Admission fee is 350 yen (adult).
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Ryogen-in!!
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3.Information for visitors

・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 Ryogen-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

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

This is the Omote-mon gate which was built in 1502 of the Muromachi period.
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It is designated as an important cultural property.
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・書院・庫裏*:Shoin・Kuri*

This is the Kuri (priests’ quarters) and Sho-in hall. ryogenin-02

The painting of Bodhidharma that Tanyu KANO wrote, the Japanese oldest matchlock and other are displayed in the Sho-in hall.
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・唐門(重要文化財)*:Kara-mon gate(Important cultural property)*

The building located in the depths of the photograph is Kara-mon gate.
It was built in 1502 of  the Muromachi period and designated as an important cultural property.
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・方丈(重要文化財)*:Hojo(Important cultural property)*

This is the Hojo which was built in 1502 of the Muromachi period. ryogenin-05

It is designated as an important cultural property.
This building is one of the oldest Hojo architecture in Japan.
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Commentary of the Hojo.
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It is a fusuma picture of ‘Dragons and waves’ were drawn on in the central room (Shicchu) of the Hojo.
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Because the dragon in the Zen Buddhism has a role of ‘god of rain (to protect a building from a fire)’, a dragon is drawn on a ceiling and a fusuma picture of the building in the Zen Buddhism.
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Commentary of the Shicchu.
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It is the Rei-no-Ma (Courtesy room) of the Hojo.
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Commentary of the Rei-no-Ma.
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It is the Danna-no-Ma (Courtesy room) of the Hojo.
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Commentary of the Danna-no-Ma.
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・方丈前庭 ‘一枝坦’*:Front garden ‘Isshidan’*

This is the front garden of Hojo which is also called ‘Isshidan (一枝担)’.
Isshidan (一枝担) was named by a Buddhist name of Tokei Soboku (東渓宗牧) which was the founder of this temple.
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This garden’s name was named after the room name ‘Ryozen Isshino ken (霊山一枝之軒)’ granted by Jitsuden Osho, a disciple of Tokei Soboku (東渓宗牧) , and features an impressive stone tortoise-island in a circular moss arrangement.
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Commentary of the Isshidan.
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・竜吟庭*:Ryogintei garden*

This is the Ryogintei garden located in the north side of the Hojo.  ryogenin-22

It is said to have been created by Soami (相阿弥) during the Muromachi period.
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A Muromachi style dry landscape garden featuring a Buddhist triad stone arrangement in which the central stone symbolizes Mount Meru and the bright green hair-moss represents the ocean.
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Commentary of the Ryogintei.
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・滹沱底*:Kodatei garden*

This is the Kodatei garden.
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A white sand garden named after China’s Hutuo (‘Koda’ in Japanese) River that flows to the south of Zhenzhou Castle in which Rinzai Sect founder Linji resided featuring two stones named “Aun-no-Ishi” that are said to be the remains of Jurakudai.
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Commentary of the Kodatei.
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・東滴壺*:Totekiko garden*

This is the Totekiko garden.
A wonderful modern courtyard garden created between the abbot’s quarters and kuri (food preparation building) that features five stones placed on white sand in a 3/2 arrangement.
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Commentary of the Totekiko.
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・開祖堂及び前庭*:Kaiso-do hall and Front garden*

This is the Kaiso-do hall and front garden.
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5.Videos and photos of Ryogen-in

■Flickr:龍源院:Ryogen-in (20161007)

龍源院:Ryogen-in (20161007)

6.Goshuin (red seal) of Ryogen-in

Goshuin of this temple is “Daien-den (大圓殿)”.
It is the Buddhist name of Tokei Soboku (東渓宗牧) which was the founder of this temple.
We can get this goshuin at Kuri. (300 yen)
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7.How to get to Ryogen-in

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

  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 Ryogen-in

How did you like it?

Please try to go to this temple.

Have a nice trip! XD

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