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

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Soken-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.

Daitoku-ji is one of the most huge zen-temple in Kyoto, and now it has a total of 24 sub-temples.

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.

Soken-in Temple was founded by Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀吉) for the enlightenment of Nobunaga ODA (織田信長).

So, this temple is known as the family temple of the Odas.

Contents:

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

1.History of Soken-in

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

Soken-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.
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Nobunaga ODA (織田信長) was aiming to unify the whole country under ‘his unification of Japan policy,’ however, he suddenly died in the Honnoji Incident (本能寺の変).

So, Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI (豊臣秀吉) founded this temple for the enlightenment of Nobunaga ODA (織田信長) in 1583 of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

Nobunaga’s dead body could not be found, Hideyoshi had two wooden statues carved, cremated one, and placed the other at this temple.
The other one is now the principal image of this temple and is designated as an important cultural property.

The founder of this temple is Kokei Sochin (古渓宗陳) who is historycally renowned as the Zen mentor of Sen-no-Rikyu (千利休), revered as the man who perfected the Japanese Way of Tea, or so-called “tea ceremony”.

2.About Soken-in

Attention : You can worship to this temple only during the special worship period.

Open:10:00 ~ 16:00 (There is a possibility of changes.)
Admission fee:600 yen (Adults)
Address:59, Murasakino Daitokujicho, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8231, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-492-2630
Foundation:1562
Founder:Kokei Sochin (古渓宗陳)
Sect:Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect
Principal image:Wooden seated statue of Nobunaga ODA

Soken-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.
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This temple isn’t usually open to the public, but you can worship only during the special worship period.
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A grave of Nobunaga Oda is left in the precincts of the temple.
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Because this temple has the deep connection with the Japanese Way of Tea, it has three tea rooms.
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Soken-in!!
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3.Information for visitors

・You can worship to this temple only during the special worship period.

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the Hon-do hall.

・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 Soken-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

・正門:Sei-mon gate

This is the Sei-mon gate which was built in 1583 of the Sengoku Period (Azuchi-Momoyama period). sokenin-02

It is one of the original buildings remain.
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・本堂*:Hon-do hall*

This is the Hon-do hall which was rebuilt in 1923.
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Wooden seated statue of Nobunaga ODA is enshrined in this building.
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・鐘楼(重要文化財):Shoro(Bell tower)(Important cultural property)

This is the Shoro (Bell tower) built by oblation of Hidemasa HORI (堀秀政) who was a busho (Japanese military commander) and daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) in the Sengoku period (period of warring states).
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It is designated as an important cultural property.
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・信長公一族の墓*:Grave of the Odas*

This is the grave of the Odas.
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The central grave is a grave of Nobunaga Oda.
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The palanquin which was used to carry an image of Nobunaga Oda in the precincts is left.
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・香雲軒(茶室)*:Koun-ken(Tea room)*

This is the Koun-ken (Tea room).
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This tea room is said to have been particularly favored by Sokuchusai (即中斎) who was the 13th generation of the Omotesenke (表千家) family line.
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・龐庵(茶室)*:Ho-an(Tea room)*

This is the Ho-an (Tea room).
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This tea room is said to have been particularly favored by Jimyosai (而妙斉) who was the 14th generation of the Omotesenke (表千家) family line. sokenin-24

・寿安席(茶室)*:Juan-seki(Tea room)*

This is the Juan-seki (Tea room).
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 It was constructed in 1934 using funds donated by industrialist Gendo YAMAGUCHI (山口玄洞).sokenin-26

・茶筅塚*:Chasen-zuka*

This is the Chasen-zuka.
Chasen is a bamboo tea whisk which is used for Japanese tea ceremonies.
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・侘助椿*:Camellia wabisuke*

This is the camellia wabisuke.
It is over 400 years old and said to be the oldest camellia wabisuke in Japan.
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・掘り抜き井戸*:Artesian well*

This is the artesian well.
It was donated by Kiyomasa KATO (加藤清正) and is said to have been imported from Korea.
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5.Videos and photos of Soken-in

■Flickr:総見院:Soken-in(20161129)

総見院:Soken-in(20161129)

6.Goshuin (red seal) of Soken-in

Goshuin of this temple is “Semui (施無畏)” which means the mercy of the Bodhisattva.
We can get this goshuin at the entrance. (300 yen)
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7.How to get to Soken-in

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

The nearest station of Soken-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


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 Soken-in

How did you like it?

Please try to go to this temple.

Have a nice trip! XD

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