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    Iwakura Jisso-in Monzeki Temple

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    Iwakura Jisso-in Monzeki Temple

    Appreciate beautiful garden in the temple related to the imperial family

    Jisso-in Temple is located in the quiet northeastern area of the city known as Iwakura.  This temple is particularly important among the many temples in Kyoto since imperial family members are assumed to be the successive head priests.  This kind of temple is called a Monzeki temple.  Therefore, the temple is also known as Iwakura Monzeki or Iwakura Goten (Palace).  It was more than 780 years ago that it became a Monzeki temple when the Buddhist priest, Seiki, opened the temple in 1229.  It was originally located near the Imperial Palace but was moved to the present location in order to avoid war fire during the civil war period in the city (1467-1477).  Today, Jisso-in Temple doesn’t belong to any Buddhist sect but it used to follow the Tendai Sect’s teachings.  The main deity is a wooden standing statue of Fudo Myo-o which is said to have been created in the Kamakura period (12-14th century).  Spirit tablets of successive emperors are also enshrined here.  Another worthwhile feature are their sliding doors painted by Kano School artist from the Edo period.  With the mountain ridges of Hiei providing a backdrop, the dry landscape garden presents an austere simplicity.  In early summer and autumn, green or red color maple leaves are beautifully reflected on the lacquered floor of the temple building which is such a breathtaking view.

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


    Name Iwakura Jisso-in Monzeki Temple
    Address 121 Iwakura Kagura-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-781-5464
    Hours 9:00-17:00
    Recommended Entry: 500 yen