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

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随心院の表紙

Zuishin-in Temple is the head temple of the Zentsuji School of the Shingon Sect located in Yamashina Ward, Kyoto City.

The principal image (honzon) is Nyoirin Kannon (the Bodhisattva of Compassion).

The Ono area in which the temple is situated was the base of the Ono clan.

So this temple is known as the temple associated with ONO no Komachi (Ono clan).

Because the hair moss of the garden is very beautiful, it is also called ‘Mossy Temple in southeastern Kyoto’.


Contents

  1. History
  2. Information for visitors
  3. Highlights
  4. Flowers of the Zuishin-in
  5. Photo/Video
  6. Goshuin (Red ink stamps)
  7. How to get to the Zuishin-in
  8. Hotel search & reservation
  9. Other tourist spots

1.History

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


随心院の看板

Zuishin-in was founded in 991 of the Heian period by Ningai (仁海) who was the founder of the Ono school of the Shingon Sect.

Ningai performed a ritual for rain nine times in total at Kyoto a long time ago, at the time was believed to have brought rain.

So, he came to be known as ‘Ame Sojo (雨僧正 / Rain Priest).’


随心院の歴史を刻むこま札

The original name of this temple was ‘Mandara-ji Temple (曼荼羅寺).’

It became a Monzeki Temple (a high ranking temple served by a head priest from the imperial or a noble family) by an imperial decree issued by the Emperor Gohorikawa in 1229, and came to be named ‘Zuishin-in Monzeki (随心院門跡).’


随心院の史跡の石碑

However, this temple was destroyed by fire during the Jokyu War (1221) and the Onin War (1467-1477).


随心院の参道

The main hall of a Buddhist temple was rebuilt in 1599 of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period.


2.Information for visitors

website

Information

Address:35, Ono Goryocho, Kyoto Shi Yamashina Ku, Kyoto Fu, 607-8257, Japan
Phone:+81-75-571-0025
Foundation:991
Founder:Ningai (仁海)
Sect:Zentsuji School of the Shingon Sect (真言宗善通寺派)
Principal image:Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪観音)

Open

9:00~16:30

Admission fee

  Adults Junior high student
General period 500 yen 300 yen
Plum garden (early spring) 500 yen 300 yen

During the special admission period, admission fee may change.

Other Informations

Inside the building, there are places where photography is prohibited. (Please follow the official’s instructions.)

The worship method of a shinto shrine and a buddhist temple, please refer to the following article.


随心院のパンフレット

Next, Let’s go to see the highlights of this temple with me!


3.Highlights

This mark 「*」 is a pay area.


総門:So-mon gate

随心院の総門

It was relocated from the Nijo Family‘s house in 1753 of the Edo period.


小野梅園【名勝】*:Ono plum garden【Places of Scenic Beauty】*

随心院の小野梅園

It is known as a famous spot for plum blossoms in Kyoto.


薬医門:Yakui-mon gate

随心院の薬医門

It was constructed between 1624 and 1631 of the Edo period using funds donated by Tenshinin-ni (天真院尼) who was connected to the Kujo family.


長屋門:Nagaya-mon gate

随心院の長屋門


歌碑:Monument inscribed with a poem

随心院の歌碑

It is the monument inscribed with a poem of ONO no Komachi.

「花の色は うつりにけりな いたづらに わが身世にふる ながめせしまに」

‘Hana no iro wa Utsuri ni keri na Itazurani Wa ga mi yo ni furu Nagame se shi ma ni’

My figure has declined in grace while I was lost in thought of love and variety of things in the world, as well as the color of cherry blossoms has faded while I was lost in thought to no purpose with this long rain. (SIG English Lounge)


庫裏:Kuri

随心院の庫裏

It was relocated from the Nijo Family‘s house in 1753 of the Edo period.


随心院-庫裏の内部

There is a Komachi’s portrait which was drawn with a textile in the hall at the entrance of the Kuri.


坪庭*:Courtyard*

随心院の坪庭

A plant called rhododendron (石楠花) are planted in the courtyard.

(These flowers are best viewed from late April to early May.)


大玄関*:Ogenkan*

随心院の大玄関

It was constructed between 1624 and 1631 of the Edo period using funds donated by Tenshinin-ni (天真院尼) who was connected to the Kujo family.


表書院*:Omote Shoin (front drawing room)*

随心院の表書院

It was also constructed between 1624 and 1631 of the Edo period using funds donated by Tenshinin-ni (天真院尼) who was connected to the Kujo family.


能の間*:Noh-no-ma (Noh room)*

表書院の能の間

It was constructed between 1753 and 1764 of the Edo period using funds donated by the Kujo family, and was repaired in 1991.


随心院の極彩色梅匂小町絵図

This is a fusuma picture in the Noh-no-ma.

Lifetime of the ONO no Komachi is drawn on this picture.


庭園*:Garden*

随心院の庭園

Because moss is a very beautiful, also called ‘Moss temple of Southeast Kyoto. (洛巽の苔寺)’


表書院の能の間から眺める庭園


本堂*:Hon-do hall*

随心院の本堂

It was built in 1599 of the Azuchi Momoyama period.


随心院のご本尊「如意輪観音」

Quotation: Signboard of the temple

It is normally withheld from public view.


中庭*:Courtyard*

随心院の中庭


奥書院*:Oku Shoin (inner drawing room)*

随心院の奥書院


小町堂*:Komachi-do hall*

随心院の小町堂

This is a charnel house for women.


大乗院:Daijo-in Temple

随心院の塔頭・大乗院

This is a sub-temple of the Zuishin-in.

Enmei Jizo-bosatsu (延命地蔵菩薩) is enshrined in the precincts.


化粧の井戸:Kewai-no-ido (The make-up well)

随心院の化粧井戸

This is a well at the residence of ONO no Komachi.

‘Kewai’ has the meaning of ‘makeup’.

It is said that she wore makeup using this well.


小町庭園:Komachi’s garden

随心院の小野小町庭園


小町文塚:Komachibumi-zuka

随心院の小町文塚

It is said that a lot of love letters which Komachi got from men is buried here.


清瀧権現堂:Seiryu Gongen-do

随心院の清瀧権現堂

Seiryu Gongen (清瀧権現) who is a separated deity of Daigo-ji Temple is enshrined in the precincts.


仁海僧正供養塔:Memorial service pagoda for Ningai

随心院の仁海僧正供養塔

It is a memorial service pagoda of Ningai (仁海) who is the founder of this temple.


4.Flowers of the Zuishin-in

Zuishin-in is also famous for its plum blossoms and rhododendron blossoms.

The best season of plum blossoms is late February – early March.

The best season of rhododendron blossoms is late April – early May.

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5.Photo/Video

Zuishin-in Temple (Yamashina Ward, Kyoto):随心院(京都市山科区)


6.Goshuin (Red ink stamps)

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Zuishin-in’s red ink stamp (goshuin), ‘Mandaraden (曼荼羅殿).’


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The 11th temple of the Kyoto 13 Buddha Sacred Sites pilgrimage’s red ink stamp (goshuin), ‘Ashuku Nyorai (阿閦如来)’


7.How to get to the Zuishin-in

The nearest station is Kyoto City Subway Tozai-Line Ono Sta.

It is about 10 minutes on foot from Ono Sta.


From Osaka Sta. (by train)

  Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Yamashina Station.

2.Change to the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line at Yamashina Station.

3.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line from Yamashina Station to Ono Station.

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From Namba Sta. (by train)

  Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line from Namba Station to Umeda (Osaka) Station.

2.Change to the JR Kyoto Line at Umeda (Osaka) Station.

3.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Yamashina Station.

4.Change to the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line at Yamashina Station.

5.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line from Yamashina Station to Ono Station.

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From Kyoto Sta. (by train)

  Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Biwako / Kosei Line from Kyoto Station to Yamashina Station.

2.Change to the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line at Yamashina Station.

3.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line from Yamashina Station to Ono Station.

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From Ono Sta. (on foot)

It is about 10 minutes (700 meters) on foot from Ono Sta.


Take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:about 3600 yen (25 minutes)

From Gion-Shijo Station:about 3300 yen ~ (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.

[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.


8.Hotel search & reservation


9.Other tourist spots

The world heritage site, Daigo-ji (醍醐寺), is about a 20-minute walk (1 km) from here.



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