BLOGWalking2021.03.27

Myoken-ji and Myoren-ji Temples Dyed with Cherry Blossoms

Kyoto is in full bloom with cherry blossoms everywhere.

The Nishijin area is known as a production area of Nishijin textile, a traditional craft representative of Kyoto.

Especially around Teranouchi on Horikawa-dori, there are some temples that we can visit quietly.

In this article, I will introduce you to Myoken-ji Temple and Myoren-ji Temple, which are hidden Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites.

Myoken-ji Temple is an ancient temple that is said to have been built as the first Nichiren sect dojo in Kyoto in 1321.

In front of the temple gate and in the precincts, the cherry trees and Somei-Yoshino cherries decorate the area with beautiful spring scenery.

The cherry blossoms at the Kuri (priest's living room) behind the main hall and near the hojo (abbot's chamber) are especially stunning!

Most of the cherry trees are said to be around 100 years old, and they have a style and an overwhelming presence.

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At Myokenji, a special spring exhibition is being held until Sunday, April 11.

There are lots of things to see in the spacious precinct such as "Korin Kyokusui no Niwa" which has a motif of a folding screen painting by Korin OGATA.

We can see not only the cherry blossoms that shine in the blue sky, but also the night cherry blossoms that are lit up after sunset.

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Next is Myoren-ji Temple, which stands west of Myoken-ji Temple across Horikawa-dori Street.

There is a special exhibition here.

The exhibition period was extended until Wednesday, March 31 as part of the special exhibition of the cultural properties that are not open to the public.

It is a reservation priority system on the internet, and if there is a vacancy on the day, we can enter without reservation.

During the period, gorgeous wall paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa, a painter active in the Momoyama period, and his school will be exhibited.

We can appreciate the "Hokosugi", "Ryu-zu", "Matsu-Zakura" that are painted with unique style beauty and "Juroku Rakan no Niwa garden".

Myoren-ji Temple is the Daihonzan (head temple) of the Honmon Hokke Sect, which was founded in 1294 by Nichiren Daishonin under his will.

"Oeshiki Sakura" in front of the main hall is a rare cherry tree that continues to bloom from autumn to spring every year.

Oeshiki Sakura begins to bloom around October 13 when Nichiren Daishonin died.

It is said that it reaches full bloom around April 8, the birthday of Buddha.

Flowers that bloom in autumn are small, but in spring, large flowers bloom, and the performance with Someiyoshino is splendid.


Myoken-ji Temple, Daihonzan (head temple) of the Nichiren Sect
514 Myokenjimae-cho, Teranouchi-dori Shinmachi-nishi-iru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk from Horikawa-Teranouchi City bus stop

Myoken-ji Temple Spring Special Opening
Period: Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 11
Hours: 10 o'clock to 16 o'clock (daytime) / 18 o'clock to 20 o'clock (nighttime)
Special admission fee: 800 yen for adults (junior high school students and older)
* Free for children under elementary school age.


Honmon Hokke Sect Daihonzan (head temple) Myoren-ji Temple
Horikawa-nishi-iru, Teranouchi-dori, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
3 minutes walk from Horikawa-Teranouchi City bus stop

Myoren-ji Temple Special Opening
Period: Monday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 31
Hours: 10 o'clock to 16:30 (reception closes at 16 o'clock)
Admission: Adults (junior high school students and above) 700 yen / elementary school students 300 yen

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