Hogonin Temple

Attraction 36 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture Published on: 29-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Landmark
Outdoor
Park
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
5.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Hogon-in Temple was built in 1461 as a sub-temple of Tenryu-ji by Hosokawa Toriyuki, a member of the government of the Muromachi shogun. The temple was originally built in on expansive grounds in the Kamigyo-ku district of Kyoto (now the centre of the city). Like many temples in Kyoto, it was damaged by the fires of the Onin war. It was later reconstructed in the late 16th century, only to be moved to its present location in Arashiyama in the Meiji period.

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Why Hogonin Temple is special ?

Hogon-in Temple was built in 1461 as a sub-temple of Tenryu-ji by Hosokawa Toriyuki, a member of the government of the Muromachi shogun. The temple was originally built in on expansive grounds in the Kamigyo-ku district of Kyoto (now the centre of the city). Like many temples in Kyoto, it was damaged by the fires of the Onin war. It was later reconstructed in the late 16th century, only to be moved to its present location in Arashiyama in the Meiji period.


The pamphlet says that the temple large zen garden, called "the garden of the lion's roar", was created by a zen priest in the Muromachi period. This is slightly puzzling, as the temple was later burn down and moved to two successive locations. How did they move the garden without changing it? Mystery... The garden is a nice place to stroll and has some unique features such as the cobblestones dry landscape, near the entrance.


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What to explore at Hogonin Temple?

The temple enshrines 33 statues of Kannon, which are said to be "as efficient" as the "traditional 33-stop Kannon pilgrimage route". In front of the temple entrance is another set of statues called the Arashiyama Arhats (Arhats are not strange hats; they were the closest and highest disciples of Buddha). The garden inside the Hogonin Temple is a pond stroll style garden known as ‘Shishiku no Niwa’ (its mean Lion’s Roar Garden) that incorporates the surrounding scenery into its design. The magnificent stone is a symbol of this garden. Its figure invokes the creature. Rich moss covers up the surface of the stone. Deep red maple leaves create a contrast with moss on the ground. The garden itself represents the teaching place of Buddha, where truth is thought through nature, by listening to the birds singing and the sound of the wind. While visitors admire and explore beauty of the garden, a teaching of Buddha is experienced at the same time.

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How to get to Hogonin Temple?

To get to Hogon-in, you can take Kyoto city bus number 28 or Kyoto Bus number 71, 72, or 73. The temple is also accessible by foot from the JR Sagano Line Saga Arashiyama Station or from the Keifuku line Arashiyama Station.

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Selling points

  • The most beautiful autumn leaf garden
  • Beautiful garden in foliage season
  • Impressed by the great blue maple and moss
  • Spectacular autumn leaves
  • Great autumn colors in Kyoto
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Duration
4.0 days
Estimated
181.16 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
20 places

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36 Sagatenryujisusukinobabacho, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture

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Tips for you

  • It’s hard to find a toilet near this temple. You can use the toilet next to the Ogura Hyakunin Shigureden or ask the staff for other closer toilets.
    Toilet
  • You should hire a bike and travel other attractions around the temple.
    Transportation
  • You should try to drink delicious tea in the garden, it would be even good to indulge in meditation. It’s better to find a student as a volunteer guide in your trip to the temple.
    Things to do
  • You may walk more than you think at this temple, so wearing the comfortable shoes is a good idea.
    What to bring
  • It’s better to visit early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the crowds.
    Timming
  • There are a lot of attraction nearby the temple such as: Bamboo alley (300m), Kōgen-ji (300m), Nonomiya-jinja (370m), Shōkaku-ji (420m), Okochi Sansō villa 440m), Rinsen-ji (520m), Senkō-ji (610m), Arashiyama Monkey Park (630m),Hōrin-ji (640m), Jōjakkō-ji (700m),
    Things nearby
  • The Hogonin temple even have night show with lights, you shouldn’t skip it.
    Events

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In one of the subtemple of Tenryu-ji, it will be a special public only spring and autumn, towards the time of the autumn leaves are crowded with people. For foliage, it is really impressive, red of maple shine well in moss garden. In conjunction with the publication of the garden, but the main hall of the sliding door paintings have also been published in a separate charge, since it is not necessarily there is a cultural heritage term value in what has been produced recently, I think that it is sufficient only admission of the garden.

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