"Akamon Shogakuji Temple" integrated with buildings

In Kyoto, there are temples and shrines in an unexpected place in the long history! I mean.

It rises on a corner of Uraderamachi-dori Street between Kawaramachi-dori Street and Shinkyogoku-dori Street "Akamon Shogaku-ji Temple".

The Uraderamachi-dori Street called "Uradera" between Kawaramachi-dori Street and Shinkyogoku-dori Street is an area where many temples are concentrated.

However, you can usually see only a few temples such as Akamon Shogakuji.

Akamon Shogakuji Temple is located in a busy building with karaoke, izakaya and variety stores!

The building facing Takoyakushi-dori Street only has a nameplate "赤門正覚寺 (Akamon Shogaku-ji Temple)" so you may not notice it is a temple.


Akamon stands at the place where Takoyakushi stands, and Bentendo and its office are on the first floor, and the main hall and guest hall are on the fifth floor.

The main hall and guest hall on the fifth floor can be accessed by elevator. It is a unique temple in Kyoto.

According to temple legend, Shokaku-ji Temple was founded in 1559 and was located in Nijo Tamaya-cho at that time.

It is said to have been relocated to its current location in 1591 as a result of Hideyoshi Toyotomi's urban reconstruction.

In 1615, the red gate of Fushimi-jo Castle was moved here, and it was called "AKAMON-san".

After it was burned down in 1965, a building was built on the site of the temple in 1989, and it comes to the present.


The Benten-do on the first floor of the building is said to have been built by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) "White Snake Benzaiten".

Why don't you visit it when you go to the busiest area in Kyoto?

Akamon Shogaku-ji Temple
599 Uradera-cho, Takoyakushi-sagaru, Uraderamachi-dori Street, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
312 minutes walk from Hankyu Kyoto Kawaramachi Station

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