Kodaiji Temple

Kita-no-Mandokoro built the Temple for Hideyoshi Toyotomi

Kita-no-Mandokoro built the Temple for Hideyoshi Toyotomi

Kodai-ji Temple, located in Higashiyama ward of Kyoto city, is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Kennin-ji Temple school of the Rinzai Sect. It’s formal name is Kodai Jushozen-ji Temple. After Hideyoshi Toyotomi passed away, his wife Kita no Mandokoro (also known as Nene, a priestess and assumed the name of Kodaiin Kogetsuni) built the temple in 1606 to pray for his soul.

Due to the political consideration, Ieyasu Tokugawa, as the ruler at the time, financed the construction of the temple, resulting in its magnificent appearance. However, after several times of fire, most of it had been destroyed. What being preserved are the front gate, Otamaya (special memorial hall enshrining Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kita-no-Mandokoro), Kaisan-do, the tea rooms Shigure-tei and Kasa-tei, and Kangetsu-dai, which are all designated as Important Cultural Properties. The garden with Kaisan-do in the central, spreading out from east to west, is Enshu Kobori’s work.

Information

Address
526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-City, Kyoto 605-0825
Access
18-minute bus ride from Kyoto Stayion (JR) to Higashiyama Yasui bus stop
7-minute bus ride from Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu) or Gion Shijo Station (Keihan) to Higashiyama Yasui bus stop,
Phone
075-561-9966
Hours
9:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00) Special light-up period: sunset - 22:00 (last entry 21:30)
Holidays
None
Admission
Kodaiji Temple and Sho Museum
Adult 600 yen
High school and junior high school student 250 yen
Kodaiji Temple, Sho Museum and Entokuin Temple discount ticket
900 yen
Website
http://www.kodaiji.com/e_index.html