Shrines & Temples

    Inba Yakushi Inba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)

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    Inba Yakushi Inba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)

    Deity of keeping people free from cancer

    This temple is known as the venue of the annual year-end event, Daiko-daki, or white radish service.  Pieces of white radish (daikon) are cooked in a large pot and served to visitors.  It is believed that having this white radish can keep people free from bad luck.  The main hall of the temple is designated a National Treasure and is regarded as Kyoto’s oldest temple hall which was established in the early Kamakura period (1185-1333).  There are some sword-cuts in the main hall that were made during the Onin Civil War period (1467-1477).  There is a stone monument in the precinct.  This is dedicated to a woman named Okame who sacrificed her life for her husband, the chief carpenter when the temple was originally constructed.  Her monument is considered to be the symbol for a perfect couple.  Every year in February, a traditional seasonal event, Okame Setsubun, is held.

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


    Name Inba Yakushi Inba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)
    Address Shichihonmatsu-dori Imadegawa-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-461-5973
    Hours 9:00-17:00
    Recommended Entry: Free of charge in the precinct; Main hall and Reiho-den Museum: 600 yen