Kogenji Temple

Kogenji Temple, Kyoto

Kogenji Temple
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Neighborhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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EredGorgoroth1
Jakarta, Indonesia9,912 contributions
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On the right inside the Tenryuji Temple complex, a small gate of Kogenji Temple offers an alternative to the crowds that is heading to the main temple of Tenryuji.
Inside Kogenji temple, on the left side is a small shrine for worship where you can throw a coin and pull the string to bang the gong, and say your prayer.
The humble Kogenji temple has admission fee and you have to remove your shoes before entering the temple. Kogenji temple has some features:
- Statue of Bishamonten, one of the four heavenly kings in Buddhist pantheon. Bishamonten is famously known as Visravana or Jambhala (Sanskrit), associated with Kubera, the gods of wealth and fortune.
- a zen garden with borrowed scenery, taking the mountain as an integral part of the background of the garden.
- ink paintings
- fan paintings and rolling door paintings

Note : this temple is quieter than the main temple. high quality Bishamonten postcards are available for purchase near the ticket counter.
Written December 1, 2014
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Chul S
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Though Kogenji is not as old and has no long history as other temples in Kyoto, it has a small but charming garden and landscape as well as painting on the wall in it's way. Worth visit, just nest to Tenryu-Ji temple (3 minutes walk) and not far from Hogon-in temple (10 minute walk). You can buy a bundle ticket to save cost and visit all 3 temples in one day.
Written December 1, 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
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Kogenji Temple is located immediately on the right side of Tenryuji Temple with shrines and nice zen garden inside. In order to avoid the huge crowds at the latter site, it is an alternative to visit Kogenji Temple.
Written November 17, 2018
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