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    Sennyu-ji Temple

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    Sennyu-ji Temple

    Temple for the imperial family and popular cute shell amulet

    Sennyu-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Sennyu-ji School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism standing at the foot of Mount Tsukiwa.  Since this temple is the home to successive imperial members’ graves, it is also respectfully called Mitera.  According to temple history, the important Buddhist priest, Kukai opened a temple at this location in the early 9th century and named it Horin-ji.  Later in 1218, when another Buddhist priest constructed new temple buildings, water sprang up from the ground so the name of the temple was changed to Sennyu-ji Temple, or temple where water springs.  This water still continues to provide pure water to this day.  The large temple precinct consists of Dai-mon main gate, Butsu-den Hall, Shari-den Hall and Reimei-den Hall where successive imperial members’ spirit tablets are placed.  Many other buildings are accommodated in the large temple property.  Each sub-temple has a different deity and characteristics, so visiting them one by one is also very interesting.  Being apart from the central city area, this temple emanates serenity and seasonal beauty no matter which season you visit.

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


    Name Sennyu-ji Temple
    Address 27 Sennyuji Yamanouchi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075–561-1551
    Hours 9:00-16:30 (Mar.-Nov.), until 16:00 (Dec.-Feb.) *Shinsho-den Hall and museum are closed on the 4th Mon.
    Recommended Entry: Garan buildings: 500 yen; Special opening: 300 yen