BLOGWalking2021.02.28

轆轤町 (Rokuro-cho) and 髑髏 (Dokuro)

"轆轤町 (Rokuro-cho)" is one of the highest levels of place names and town names in Kyoto that are difficult to read.

It is a town located in Matsubara-dori Yamato-oji Street where Saifuku-ji Temple and Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple stand.

In fact, it was originally "髑髏町(Dokuro-cho)" but was renamed by officials during the Kanei era in the Edo period.

It is said that the town of Rokuro (potter's wheel) originated from the fact that many pottery rokurobiki craftsmen lived there.

the original town name "髑髏 (Dokuro)" means SKULL.

It was the entrance of "Toribeno" which was one of the three major funeral places in Kyoto in Heiankyo and the place where the dead bodies were carried.

It is said that in Kyoto at that time, the dead bodies of ordinary people were left in the open, and public funerals, which naturally decayed, were the mainstream.

Rokudo no Tsuji in Rokuro-cho is said to be the border between the other world and this world, and there are many strange legends.

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One of them is "Minatoya Yurei Kosodate Ame Honpo (Ghost's candy shop)" which is located at Rokudo no Tsuji and has been in business for more than 450 years.

Once upon a time, a woman who was pregnant with a baby died and after she was buried, she became a ghost and visited the shop every night.

He is known for an anecdote that he was raising a baby in a grave with candy he bought as a substitute for milk.

There is also the Rokudochinno-ji Temple that is related to ONO no Takamura who is a legend that he commutes to the underworld.

It may be the characteristic of Kyoto that I feel strange legends are persuasive.


Minatoya Yurei Kosodate Ame Honpo
80 -1 Rokuro-cho, 2-chome, Yamato-oji Higashi-iru, Matsubara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
6 minutes from Kiyomizu-michi, City bus stop


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