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

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Tenkyu-in Temple (天球院) is one of 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 this temple, 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.

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

It was constructed in the early Edo period of 1631-1635 by the former lord of the Okayama domain, Mitsumasa IKEDA (池田光政).

There are the great fusuma paintings drawn by Sanraku KANO (狩野山楽) and Sansetsu KANO (狩野山雪) who were the leader of Kyo-Gano (the Kyoto branch of the Kano School) in the main hall of this temple.

Contents:

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

1.History of the Tenkyu-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. XDtenkyuin-04

Tenkyu-in Temple (天球院) is one of 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.myoshinji-04-txt

It was constructed in the early Edo period of 1631-1635 by the former lord of the Okayama domain, Mitsumasa IKEDA (池田光政).

He is said to have built this temple for Tenkyu-in (天久院), his grand-aunt.

By the way, his uncle is Terumasa IKEDA (池田輝政) who carried out a large scale renovation of the Himeji-jo Castle from 1601 to 1609.


When this temple was built, many sacred balls were dug out from the temple grounds.

Because Tenkyu (天球) has the meaning of a sacred ball in Japanese, this temple was named Tenkyu-in (天球院).tenkyuin-09


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:46, Hanazono Myoshinjicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8035, Japan
Phone Number:+81- 75-462-9041
Foundation:1631 – 1635
Founder:Mitsumasa IKEDA (池田光政)
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.

Next, Let’s go to see highlights of this temple with me!
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3.Highlights of the Tenkyu-in

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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・本堂:重要文化財*(Hon-do Hall:Important Cultural Property)*

Hon-do Hall is the building in the early Edo period.tenkyuin-07

This building is designated as an important cultural property.
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There are the great fusuma paintings drawn by Sanraku KANO (狩野山楽) and Sansetsu KANO (狩野山雪) who were the leader of Kyo-Gano (the Kyoto branch of the Kano School) in the main hall of this temple. (These are now all digital reproduction products.)

This is the Chikko-zu (竹虎図, painting of bamboo and tiger). [Important Cultural Property]
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This is the Chikko-zu (梅花遊禽図, plum tree and bird images). [Important Cultural Property]
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・方丈庭園*(Hojo Garden)*

Hojo Garden is a dry landscape garden which has the arrangement of stones and moss.
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・境内*(Precincts of the temple)*

Entrance of the temple.
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Shape of the sacred balls is designed in the precincts of the temple.
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Courtyard in the west of the Hon-do Hall.
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4.Photos/Videos of the Tenkyu-in

■Youtube:天球院(京都市右京区):Tenkyu-in temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan)

■imgur:Tenkyu-in Temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto) [天球院:京都市右京区]

Tenkyu-in Temple (Ukyo Ward, Kyoto) [天球院:京都市右京区]

 


5.Goshuin of the Tenkyu-in

Goshuin of this temple is “Shaka Nyorai (釈迦如来)” which is the principal image of this temple. We can get it in the Hon-do Hall.
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6.How to get to the Tenkyu-in

Tenkyu-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 Tenkyu-in


8.Map of the other tourist spots


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