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    Myoren-ji Temple

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    Myoren-ji Temple

    Temple of flowers colored by cherry blossom, camellia and mallow rose

    This temple was established by one of the disciples of Nichiren in 1294.  After changing its location several times, the temple settled on the present location when the large scale political office and residence of Hideyoshi Toyotomi was built in Kyoto in the late 16th century.  In those days, the temple hosted as many as 27 sub-temples in the huge property.  However most of the structures were lost in a fire in the 18th century and today only 8 of them remain.  The temple still possesses a number of valuable cultural properties in the treasury.  One is a wall painting by an artist who belonged to the Tohaku Hasegawa group.  Their dry landscape garden is also noteworthy and was designed by the same Buddhist priest who designed the world-famous garden of Katsura Imperial Villa.  The temple is always surrounded by seasonal floral beauty so it is also called the Temple of Flowers. 

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


    Name Myoren-ji Temple
    Address Teranouchi-dori Horikawa-nishi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-451-3527
    Hours 10:00-16:00
    Closed Wed.
    Recommended Entry: Admission free in the precinct; Hojo and garden: 500 yen