Kinkaku-ji   金閣寺

Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺

Kinkaku-ji gets its name from the “Golden Pavilion” with its top two floors covered in gold leaf. It is formally known as Rokuon-ji (Deer Park Temple). The surrounding gardens were designed to resemble the Western Paradise of Amida Buddha. The beautiful stroll gardens wrap above the pavilion along a small stream that flows into Kyouko-chi (Mirror Pond). It is also the home of the Sekka-tei teahouse.

Daisen-En  大仙院

Daisen-En 大仙院

This sub-temple of Daitoku-ji was built in 1509 by Zen Daisho Kogaku Sotan and contains one of the most well-known gardens in the “karesansui” (dry landscape) style. Its symbolism follows the abstract philosophy of the Zen sect. Tea master Sen no Rikyu received Zen training in this temple and held many tea ceremonies here. Paintings by Soami on the screens of the temple point to his hand in the design and construction of the garden.

Jizō-In  地蔵院

Jizō-In 地蔵院

Jizō-in is a small Rinzai sect temple constructed in 1367 by Yoriyuki Hosokawa, with the founding priest, Musō Soseki.  Stationed in a thick grove of bamboo, this peaceful place is commonly known as “Take-no-Tera” or Bamboo Temple.  The stones in the...
Zuihō-in  瑞峯院

Zuihō-in 瑞峯院

Zuihō-in is a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji founded by Lord Sorin Ohtomo in 1546 as the family temple.  The main hall and gate are original structures. Although Ohotomo was inspired by the teachings of Zen Buddhism by  Tetsushu, the 91st patriarch of Daitoku-ji, he was...
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