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    Jingo-ji Temple

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    Jingo-ji Temple

    Japanese esoteric temple set among the red autumn leaves

    Jingo-ji Temple is nestled in the mountainous area to the northwest of Kyoto city.  The area is particularly known for autumn colored leaves and is called the Sanbi area consisting of three regions: Takao, Makio and Togano-o.  Jingo-ji Temple is located on the slope of Mount Takao.  Crossing Takao Bridge above the Kiyotaki River and steeply ascending through the tunnel of crimson leaves. There, an incredibly beautiful Japanese temple welcomes one.  The official name of this temple is “Jingo Kokuso Shingon-ji” and it derives from two temples.  One is Shingan-ji Temple and the other is Takaosan-ji Temple, both of which merged in 824.  This is the place where Kukai (or Kobo Daishi) founded the base of his Shingon esoteric Buddhism and is regarded as one of the three most important esoteric Buddhist temples along with To-ji Temple and Kongobu-ji Temple.  It has experienced devastation many times in the long history but was successfully restored each time.  A number of valuable temple treasures are preserved up to today, including the statue of Yakushi Nyorai (National Treasure) and other articles from the Heian and Kamakura periods.  Another popular point about this temple is the Throwing Roof Tile.  From the garden in Jizo-in Temple, people throw a roof tile over the cliff side as far as possible, an action that is believed to ward off misfortunes.  

    Photo:officeRANSACK Text by:Shinobu Nakai


    Name Jingo-ji Temple
    Address 5 Umegahata Takao-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-861-1769
    Hours 9:00-16:00
    Recommended Entry: 500 yen; Night-time special opening: 800 yen (17:00-19:00)