Jakko-in Temple is a temple of the Tendai sect located in Ohara, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Its honorific mountain prefix is ‘Seiko-zan’ and temple’s title is ‘Gyokusen-ji Temple.’

It is said that it was founded by Prince Shotoku and the principal image is Rokumantai Jizo Bosatsu.

Because it is known as the place where Kenrei Mon-in who was the TAIRA no Kiyomori’s daughter lived in seclusion after the defeat of the Taira family, it is closely connected to “Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike).”

It is also famous for its beautiful autumn leaves!


History of Jakko-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. XD


寂光院の歴史を刻むこま札

The village of Ohara in which Jakko-in Temple is located is said to be the place of aristocrats secluded themselves for a long time.

The origin of Jakko-in Temple is not known for sure.

It is said that it was constructed in 594 of the Asuka period by Prince Shotoku to pray for the soul of his late father, Emperor Yomei.


寂光院-苔の庭園にひっそり佇む地蔵菩薩

Afterwards, Kenrei Mon-in who was the TAIRA no Kiyomori’s daughter became the 3rd chief priest of this temple in 1185 of the Heian era.

The main hall was rebuilt by Katsumoto KATAGIRI during the Keicho era of the Edo period under the order of ‘Yodo-dono‘ (Lady Yodo) who was one of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI’s concubines.

But it was destroyed by fire (arson) in 2000, and rebuilt in 2005.

Information for visitors

Website

www.jakkoin.jp
About Jakko-in Temple
http://www.jakkoin.jp/en/
This is a nunnery of the Tendai sect, said to have been built in the year 594 by Prince Shotoku as a memorial for his father, Emperor Yomei. It is also famous for being the location where Kenreimon-in, daughter of Taira no Kiyomori, empress-consor...

Information

Address:676, Ohara Kusaocho, Kyoto Shi Sakyo Ku, Kyoto Fu, 601-1248, Japan
Phone:+81-75-744-3341
Foundation:unknown (probably 594)
Founder:unknown (probably Prince Shotoku)
Sect:Tendai Sect (天台宗)
Principal image:Rokumantai Jizo Bosatsu (六万体地蔵菩薩)

Open

March – November 9:00 ~ 17:00
December – February 9:00 ~ 16:30
January 1-3 10:00 ~ 16:00

Admission Fee

High school students or older 600 yen
Junior high school student 350 yen
Elementary school student 100 yen

Other Information

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.


寂光院のパンフレット

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


Highlights of Jakko-in

寂光院の地図

This mark 「*」 is a pay area.

受付:Reception

寂光院-入り口の受付


寂光院-入り口の石階段

山門*:San-mon gate*

寂光院の山門

It was built in the Edo period.

本堂*:Hon-do hall*

寂光院の本堂

It was rebuilt by Katsumoto KATAGIRI during the Keicho era of the Edo period under the order of ‘Yodo-dono‘ (Lady Yodo) who was one of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI’s concubines.

But it was destroyed by fire (arson) in 2000, and rebuilt in 2005.


寂光院-ご本尊の六万体地蔵菩薩
Quotation: Brochure of the temple

It houses the principal image statue of Rokumantai Jizo Bosatsu.


寂光院-建礼門院の彫像
Quotation: Brochure of the temple

They are wooden statue of Awa-no-Naishi and Kenrei Mon-in.

書院*:Sho-in hall*

寂光院の書院

四方正面の池*:Shiho-shomen pond*

寂光院-四方正面の池

前庭*:Front garden*

寂光院の本堂前庭


寂光院-汀の池の紅葉

千年姫子松*:Princess Komatsu*

寂光院-千年姫子松


寂光院-千年姫子松の紹介文

雪見燈籠*:Yukimi-dourou (Garden lantern)*

寂光院の雪見燈籠


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諸行無常の鐘楼*:Shoro (Bell tower)*

寂光院-諸行無常の鐘楼

建礼門院 御庵室遺跡*:Site of the residence of Kenreimon-in*

寂光院 建礼門院 御庵室遺跡

This is the ruin of the residence of Kenreimon-in.


寂光院-苔庭に佇む地蔵菩薩

収蔵庫*:Storage room*

寂光院の収蔵庫

鳳智松殿(宝物殿)*:Treasure house*

寂光院の宝物庫

The temple’s treasure is being displayed here.

茶室 孤雲*:Tea house ‘Ko-un’*

寂光院-茶室 孤雲の入り口

Entrance to the tea house.


寂光院-茶室 孤雲


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建礼門院 大原西陵:Grave of Kenreimon-in

寂光院-建礼門院の墓所

Autumn leaves of Jakko-in

The precincts of this temple is also famous for its autumn leaves.

The best season of autumn leaves is late November to early December.

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Picture 2 of 13


Video of Jakko-in

寂光院の境内(Precincts of Jakko-in Temple)

Photos of Jakko-in

Jakko-in Temple (Sakyo Ward, Kyoto):寂光院(京都市左京区)


Goshuin (Red ink stamps) of Jakko-in

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Jakko-in’s red ink stamp (goshuin) , ‘Jizo-son (地蔵尊)’.

How to get to Jakko-in

寂光院の地図

The nearest station is Kyoto Bus Ohara bus stop.

It is about 20 minutes on foot from Ohara bus stop.

We recommend that you go to Kokusaikaikan Station by a train, and get on a bus from Kokusaikaikan Station.


From Osaka Sta. to Kokusaikaikan Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

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

2.Change to the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line at Kyoto Station.

3.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan Station.


From Namba Sta. to Kokusaikaikan Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

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

2.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Kyoto Station.

3.Change to the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line at Kyoto Station.

4.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan Station.


From Namba Sta. to Kokusaikaikan Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan Station.


Get on a bus from Kokusaikaikan Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a bus No.19  (bus stop 3).

[Timetable] Kyoto Bus No. 19

Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:No.19 [Bound for Ohara・Kodeishi]
Boarding bus stop:Kokusaikaikan Sta. [3]
Alighting bus stop:Ohara
Bus fare:350 yen
Time required:About 22 min


Get on a bus from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a bus No.16 or No.17  (bus stop C).

[Timetable] Kyoto Bus No. 16 / 17

Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:No.16 /17 [Bound for Ohara]
Boarding bus stop:Demachiyanagi Sta.[C]
Alighting bus stop:Ohara
Bus fare:430 yen
Time required:About 33 min


Get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a bus No.17  (bus stop ‘To North’).

[Timetable] Kyoto Bus No. 17

Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:No.17 [Bound for Ohara]
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [To north]
Alighting bus stop:Ohara
Bus fare:520 yen
Time required:About 52 min


Get on a bus from JR/Subway Kyoto Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a bus No.17  (bus stop C3).

[Timetable] Kyoto Bus No. 17

Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:No.17 [Bound for Ohara]
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta. [C3]
Alighting bus stop:Ohara
Bus fare:550 yen
Time required:About 68 min


From Ohara bus stop (on foot)

It is about 20 minutes (1 km) on foot from Ohara bus stop.


Take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:about 6600 yen (40 minutes)

From Gion-Shijo Station:about 5900 yen (35 minutes)

From Kokusaikaikan Station:about 3500 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.

taxi-call

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


Hotel search & reservation


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