Highlights and how to get to the Ryosen-an Temple.

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Ryosen-an Temple (龍泉菴) 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, the head temple of the Ryosen-an, is one of the biggest Zen temple in Japan, and it has a total of 48 sub-temples.

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

Ryosen-an Temple is only open to the public on specific days (not fixed).

It was constructed in the middle of the Muromachi period of 1481 by a high Buddhist monk of the Rinzai Sect, Soryu KEISEN (景川宗隆).

Temple’s Hojo Front Garden is a large dry landscape garden famous for hair moss and white sand.

In addition, about 100 fusuma paintings which were drawn in 1999 by Izuru YURIMOTO (由里本出) are displayed in the Hojo Hall.

Contents:

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

1.History of the Ryosen-an

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

Ryosen-an Temple (龍泉菴) 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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It was constructed in the middle of the Muromachi period of 1481 by a high Buddhist monk of the Rinzai Sect, Soryu KEISEN (景川宗隆).

This temple has the oldest history among the sub-temples of Myoshin-ji.
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The name of the temple called ‘Ryosen(龍泉)’ has the meaning of Dragon’s fountain.

In the Zen temple (a temple belonging to the Zen sect), Dragon is said to be “guardian of Buddhism” and “god of water”.
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About 100 fusuma paintings which were drawn in 1999 by Izuru YURIMOTO (由里本出), a Japanese-style painter born in Kyoto, are displayed in the Hojo Hall.
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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 the 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- 75-463-3132
Foundation:1481
Founder:Masamoto HOSOKAWA (細川政元)
Sect:Rinzai Sect (臨済宗)
Principal image:Kannon Bosatsu (観音菩薩)

・Shoot photos and videos according to the staff’s instructions.

・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 Ryosen-an


This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

・山門(San-mon Gate)

San-mon Gate, at the entrance of an approach to the temple. It was built in the Edo period.
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・庫裏*(Kuri:priests’ quarters)*

Kuri (priests’ quarters)
It was built in 1796 of the Edo period.
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・鐘楼*(Shoro:Bell tower)*

Shiro(Bell tower)
It was built in 1624 – 1644 of the Edo period.
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・方丈*(Hojo Hall)*

Hojo Hall and grand entrance (the front gate)
It was built in 1848 of the Edo period.
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Hojo Hall has a small courtyard.
This is called an “Tsubo-niwa(坪庭)” in Japanese.
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It is the fusuma paintings drawn by Izuru YURIMOTO (由里本出).
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This building’s Sugito paintings were drawn in the Edo period.
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・方丈庭園*(Hojo Garden)*

Temple’s Hojo Front Garden is a large dry landscape garden famous for hair moss and white sand.
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・書院*(Shoin Hall)*

Shoin Hall
It was built in 1653 of the Edo period.
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The corridor connecting the Shoin and the Hojo.
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・書院前庭*(Shoin Garden)*

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・境内*(Precincts of the temple)*

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Right side of the entrance.
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This is the monument dedicated to Emperor Hanazono.
He was the founder of Myoshin-ji, the main temple of this temple.
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4.Photos/Videos of the Ryosen-an

■Youtube:龍泉菴(京都市右京区):Ryosen-an temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan)

■imgur:Ryosen-an Temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto) [龍泉菴:京都市右京区]

Ryosen-an Temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto)[龍泉菴:京都市右京区]


5.Goshuin of the Ryosen-an

Temple’s Goshuin is “Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu (南無観世音菩薩)” which is the words to pray for the principal image of this temple.
We can get it in the entrance.
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6.How to get to the Ryosen-an

Ryosen-an 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 Ryosen-an


8.Map of the other tourist spots

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