All Temples in Higashiyama

Higashiyama Temples

Guide to Higashiyama Temples including all the popular temples in Higashiyama. Most temples in Japan are  Buddhist Temples. There are some very old Japanese Temple which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden temple buildings still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Still many of these rebuilt temple buildings are hundreds of years old. Many of these very old Japanese Temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is notable for its vast veranda, that offers impressive views of the Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best known sights of Kyoto, being particularly popular in cherry blossom season when the main hall is surrounded by a carpet of blossom. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Read more [...]

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    Shorenin Temple

    Shorenin Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect in Kyoto. Shorenin Temple is one of five Monzeki temples where in the past, the head priest at these temples always belonged to the Imperial family. Shorenin Temple features two observatories that provide excellent views of the city of Kyoto. Read more [...]

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    Shoushukuin Temple

    Shoushukuin Temple is a Buddhist temple from the same sect as they nearby Chion-in Temple. Shoushukuin Temple also contains the Matsukaze Tenmangu Shrine. When Chion-in Temple was destroyed by a fire in 1633, Ouyoreigan, the monk in charge, asked Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu for funding for its reconstruction, and it was Read more [...]

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    Sanjusangen-do Temple

    Sanjusangendo Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Tendai sect, in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto. Sanjusangendo Temple is famous for the Thousand Armed Kannon it houses. Sanjusangendo Temple is a classic Japanese Temple.

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    Otani Sobyo

    Otani Sobyo is a Buddhist temple and mausoleum for Jodo Shinshu Otani Sect monks including Monk Shinran (1173-1262), the founder of Shin Buddhism. Otani Sobyo was established in 1272. During Obon (14th -16th Aug) each year, around 10,000 lanterns are lit at Otani Sobyo, which attracts many visitors.

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    Ko-sho-in Temple

    Ko-sho-in Temple is a Buddhist temple that was established in 1356 by Princess Shinshinaishino. After several fires, the current main building of Ko-sho-in Temple was refurbished in 1968. Ko-sho-in Temple is in Higashiyama Ward Kyoto.

  • Kodaiji Temple

    Kodaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Rinzai sect in Kyoto. Kodaiji Temple, formally known as Jubuzan Kodaiji, is the largest of the sub temples of Kenninji Temple. Kodaiji Temple was established in 1606 by the widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi as a place to pray for late husband. Kodaiji Read more [...]

  • Funda-in Temple

    Funda-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Tofukuji Temple and within the same complex in Kyoto. Funda-in Temple is famous for its dry landscape Japanese garden which was designed by Sesshu Toyo around 1460 making it one of the oldest of the dry landscape (karesansui) Read more [...]