Toji-in Temple is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Tenryu-ji school of the Rinzai sect located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture (Kyoto City).
This temple is the family temple of the Ashikaga family which is the prestigious family of the Muromachi era, and was built in 1341 by Takauji Ashikaga who is the ancestor of the Ashikaga family.
(The family temple is the temple which there is the grave of ancestors.)
Takauji Ashikaga (1305-58) was a general from the late Kamakura period to the Northern and Southern Courts period.
He established the Muromachi Bakufu(Shogunate) at Kyoto and was also the 1st Seii Taishogun of the Muromachi Shogunate and reigned from 1338 to1358
This temple is the temple which these Ashikaga family left us.
This temple has the highlight such as the Darumazu(Paintings of Daruma) and the Japanese garden.
- About Toji-in Temple
- Highlights of Toji-in Temple
- Goshuin of Toji-in Temple
- How to get to Toji-in Temple
Tōji-in (等持院) is a Buddhist temple of the Rinzai Tenryū sect located in Kita Ward, Kyoto, Japan, and one of two funeral temples (bodaiji) dedicated to Ashikaga Takauji, first shogun of the Ashikaga dynasty. Its main object of worship isShakyamuni, and its honorary sangō prefix is Mannenzan (萬年山).
Admission Fee：500 yen(High school student or older), 300 yen(Elementary / Junior high school student)
Adress：63, Tojiin Kitamachi, Kita-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 603-8346, Japan
Toji-in Temple is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Tenryu-ji school of the Rinzai sect.
This is a bronze statue of Shozo Makino.
He is a first Japanese movie director.
He built and opened ‘Tojiin Studio‘ in this temple. (This studio has been already closed now.)
Therefore, it can also said to be the birthplace of the Japanese movie.
The temple of Kyoto is often a famous place of colored leaves.
This temple also is famous as one of the famous place of colored leaves in Kyoto.
(The middle of November is the peak of colored leaves of this temple.)
This is the Kuri(monks’ living quarters) which is the entrance of the precincts of this temple.
Admission Fee is 500 yen. (High school student or older)
(It is 600 yen during the holding period of the exhibition.)
There is the big Darumazu(Paintings of Daruma) which is one of the highlight at the entrance of this temple.
This painting is really powerful, isn’t it?
This Darumazu was drawn by Seki Bokuo who was a Buddhist priest of the Rinzai sect.
The Rinzai sect that Toji-in Temple belongs to is one of the group of the Zen Buddhism.
Bodhidharma who was an initiator of the Chinese Zen Buddhism is drawn on this picture.
The Darumazu is displayed frequently at the temple of the Zen Buddhism. (○´艸｀)
There is the Japanese garden which is called “the Japanese garden with a pond in the centre” in the north side of “Hojo (Abbot’s Quarters)”.
This garden was made by “Muso Soseki” which was a garden designer which represented the Muromachi era.
He made also the garden of Tenryu-ji Temple and the garden of Saiho-ji Temple which is famous as moss temple.
There are west garden and east garden in this garden.
This is a photo of the west garden.
Because the pond of this west garden has a shape of the flower of the confederate rose, it is called “confederate rose pond“.
The other side of this garden is a campus of Ritsumeikan University.
This is scenery of the west garden.
This is scenery of the east garden.
The nearest station of Toji-in Temple is “Keifuku Kitano Line Tōji-in station”.
It is about 10-minutes walk from the station.
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