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    Sanzen-in Temple

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    Sanzen-in Temple

    Visit to the monzeki temple which Yasushi Inoue admired as the “Jewel Box of the Orient”

     Ohara Sanzen-in Temple is located in the rural mountain village of Ohara, about one hour from Kyoto City, along the Saba Highway to the northwest of the Mt. Hiei.  Sanzen-in Temple was established by the great monk Saicho who is said to have built the Enryaku-ji Temple in Nandani area of Todo, and later Sanzen-in Temple in Higashi-dani area of Todo.  After that it became known as a Monzeki temple (a temple where some Imperial Family members lived and practiced Buddhism) when Imperial Princess Saiunho; the second princess of the Emperor Horikawa entered the temple, and now it is counted as one of the Tendai-Gokashitu Monzeki temples.  The moss-gardens spreading out to the south of the Shinden Hall (Emperor's residence), Ojo Gokuraku-in Amida-do Hall, and beyond that the main temple, Amida-do Hall of Ojo Gokurakuin is situated. This temple is sacred to Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai. The attendant statues of the Amida triad (National Treasures), they are depicted kneeling in the traditional Japanese manner, seeing them is a precious experience.  At the Kyaku-den Hall (guest hall) there is the stroll-style garden, “Shuheki-en”, and is decorated by partition paintings by Kanzan Shimomura and Seiho Takeuchi, the famous great painter of the Meiji period (1868-1912).

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


    Name Sanzen-in Temple
    Address 540 Ohara Raikoin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-744-2531
    Hours 9:00-17:30 (until 16:30 between Dec. - Feb./only Nov. 8:30-17:30)
    Recommended Entry: 700 yen