Shrines & Temples

    Hokyo-ji Temple

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    Hokyo-ji Temple

    Doll Temple where imperial princess spent her childhood

     This temple is more familiar to the locals as Doll Temple or Dodo Gosho (Dodo Palace) as it has a strong connection with the imperial family.  The main deity is a unique Kanzenon Bosatsu who holds a treasury mirror.  The temple was established in the 14th century.  After the daughter of Emperor Kogon assumed the role of head nun of the temple, successive head nuns were from the imperial members.  This is why the temple possesses a number of valuable Japanese dolls as they were presented to the imperial princesses who lived here.  Today, the temple exhibits the superb doll collection to the public and also accepts used dolls and gives them a memorial service.  There is a graveyard for used dolls in the temple precinct on which one of the poems by Saneatsu Mushanokoji is inscribed.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013


    Name Hokyo-ji Temple
    Address Dodo-cho, Teranouchi-dori Horikawa-higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-451-1550
    Hours 10:00-16:00
    Recommended Entry: 600 yen; Open only spring (Mar. 1-April 3) and autumn (Nov. 1-30); Generally the office is open for selling amulets and accepting dolls.