Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple

Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Kyotanabe

Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Shuon-an Ikkyu-dera was originally called, Myosho-ji, its origin goes back to Daiou-Kokushi (also known as Nanpo Jyoumyou), a high priest from Rinzai sect of Buddhism, who returned from practice in the Tang-dynasty era China to build the Zen training monastery here. However, the temple was caught up in the war during Genko era and was severely devastated. In Kosho era (1455-6), Ikkyu Zenshi (the master of Zen), who is a sixth generation of Daiou-Kokushi’s disciple, restored the temple to admire relics of its founder and was renamed Shuon-an to “repay a kindness of master”. Ikkyu Zenshi lived the second half of his life in Shuon-an. Even after he was elected as an abbot of Daitokuji-temple when he was 81 years old, Ikkyu remained in Shuon-an as his principal place. Before the time around the Meiji Restoration, the name Shuon-an was noted on formal documents. Today the temple is widely known as Ikkyu-dera since it is closely linked with Ikkyu Zenshi, who is loved and respected by ordi
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,340 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
If you are a lover of cartoon “Ikkyusan” or not, it is absolutely worth visiting this temple. It is also a good half day excursion from Kyoto. This is the temple in which famous Ikkyu spent his retired life. And there is also his grave. As he is a son of an emperor, his grave is now under control of the Imperial Household Agency. The garden is beautiful as well. If you are interested in Japanese history of Sengoku Period, you cannot miss the grave of Rokkaku Jyotei.
Written January 20, 2020
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Warakan P
Bangkok, Thailand46 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Quite far out but once I got there it took my breath away. Great to learn more about Ikkyu-san. Truly hidden gem.
Written October 27, 2017
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Jasmine B
Perth, Australia36 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Located in the suburb of kyotanabe, away from touristed hot spots, this temple is a hidden gem. It's absolutely beautiful during the autumn season with red leaves surrounding the vista. It's beautiful and peaceful. You can enjoy a quiet tea ceremony here at its tea hall.
Written March 26, 2016
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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