Highlights and access methods of Jojakko-ji Temple (Kyoto Prefecture)

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The garden with more than 200 maple trees at Jojakkoji Temple displays the beauty of the four seasons throughout the year, and the autumn leaves are especially breathtaking in fall. Located halfway up Mt. Ogura, the temple attracts many visitors with its combination of historical architecture and spectacular natural scenery, including an observatory with a spectacular view of Sagano, an old gate, a thatched Niomon gate, and an eclectic pagoda.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Jojakko-ji Temple in Kyoto Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Kyoto , Category : Temples)

Highlights of Jojakko-ji Temple

Jojakkoji Temple was founded in 1596 by Nichiren Shoshu priest Nichitei. The land for the temple was donated by Ryoto Tsunokura, a wealthy merchant in Kyoto who contributed greatly to the development of water transportation in Kyoto. The main hall of the temple was relocated from the guest hall of Fushimi Castle with the help of Kobayakawa Hideaki.

More than 200 maple trees are planted on the grounds of Jojakkoji Temple. These maples show us fresh green in spring, refreshing green in summer, red leaves in fall, and deciduous leaves in winter. The beauty of the entire mountain in autumn is especially breathtaking, and its beauty is one of the most representative of Kyoto.

Jojakkoji Temple is located on the mid-slope of Mt. Ogura, known for its "Hyakunin Isshu", and offers a panoramic view of Sagano from the observatory on the temple grounds. Also, the view of Sagano spreading out before your eyes as you climb the stairs of the approach overlooking the temple grounds is spectacular.

There are a number of historical buildings within the precincts of Jojakkoji Temple. Noteworthy among them are the temple gate, built in the late Edo period and latticework of thick square timbers; the Niomon Gate, with its unusual thatched roof; and the Daboto, a pagoda built in an eclectic style of Japanese and Chinese styles. Please take time to explore the temple grounds.

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Address and access method of Jojakko-ji Temple

The address of Jojakko-ji Temple is "3 Saga Ogurayama Ogura-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi". The nearest station to Jojakko-ji Temple is Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line. It's about a 15 minute walk from the station. Or Arashiyama Station on the Randen Arashiyama Main Line. It takes about 25 minutes on foot from the station.

Attractions near Jojakko-ji Temple

In the vicinity of JoJakko-ji Temple, there are several other notable attractions in the enchanting Saga-Arashiyama area of Kyoto. Here are some of the must-see sites nearby:

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Located near Tenryu-ji Temple, the Bamboo Grove offers the experience of walking through a beautiful tunnel made of bamboo. This place, filled with tranquility and natural beauty, is worth a visit.

Arashiyama Park
Arashiyama Park is located just a short walk from Tenryu-ji Temple. You can enjoy scenic walks along the Kamo River, accompanied by the changing scenery of the four seasons.

Togetsukyo Bridge
An iconic tourist spot in Arashiyama, its beautiful appearance has been featured in many films and dramas. The view from the bridge varies with the four seasons and is worth visiting.

Arashiyama Monkey Park
At this park, you can observe Japanese macaques in their natural habitat. The view from the top of the mountain is also fantastic and can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

Other information about Jojakko-ji Temple

Official site about Jojakko-ji Temple :


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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )