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    Myoshin-ji Temple

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     Myoshin-ji Temple

    The biggest Zen temple complex in Japan which holds numerous treasures

      Myoshin-ji Temple is the main temple of the Myoshin-ji School of the Rinzai Sect, it is known as the biggest Zen temple located in Hanazono in the western area of Kkyoto.  The temple was founded by the Cloistered Emperor Hanazono who invitied the Zen priest, Egen Kanzan in 1337, then reformed the Hanazono Palace to a Zen temple.  The Zen Sect Garan (Buddhist temple); San-mon Gate, Butsu-den Hall, Hatto Hall, Shin-do Hall, Dai-Hojo Hall, Sho-Hojo Hall and Okuri are aligned on a same line in a north direction from the Chokushi-mon Gate, and the surrounded area is dotted with 46 sub-temples.  In its large premises, there are many highlights such as “Unryu-zu (Dragon in Clouds)” painted on the ceiling of the Hatto Hall by Tan-yu Kano, and a red lacquered San-mon Gate written thereon are the description of a Zen-like state; a state of mind free, without thoughts or movement.  Among them, Taizo-in Temple is one of the preeminent ancient sub-temples, which has a dry landscape garden that is said to have been created by Motonobu Kano, the “Hyonenzu” drawn by Josetsu, who was the leading painter of ink-and-wash paintings, the Yoko-en Garden, a one of the famous garden in the Showa period (1926-1988), and the pure sound of Suikinkutsu (water harp cave) of the Edo period (1600-1868). You will be inspired by numerous famous treasures.  You can enjoy the atmospheres of local shops and people on the way to the gate from Hanazono Station, it’s not only a tourist area, as there are Kyoto locals going about their daily life as well.

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


    Name Myoshin-ji Temple
    Address 1 Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-461-5226