BLOGWalking2021.08.31

A temple with Niomon, the origin of Niomon-dori

"仁王門通 (Niomon-dori Street)" is one of streets running east-west through Kyoto.

About 600 meters from Kawabata-dori Street on the western edge to Higashioji-dori Street is known as the Nio-mon Prosperity Association.

Going further east from Higashioji-dori Street, you will reach Okazaki where Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art and Kyoto City Zoo stand.

You can reach Shirakawa-dori Street if you walk about 1 km while looking at various cultural facilities and the large torii gate of Heian-jingu Shrine.

Niomon-dori turns southeast at Shirakawa-dori and merges with Sanjo-dori from around Nanzenji-mae intersection.

The intersection of Higashioji-dori and Niomon-dori is called "Higashiyama Niomon" and is also the name of the bus stop.

There are 55 temples scattered around Higashiyama Nio-mon, which is also called "Another Teramachi-dori Street".

Do you know which Nio-mon gate does "Nio-mon" refer to?

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It is "Chomyo-ji", one of the 16 head temples of the Nichiren sect in Kyoto.

It is said that it was named Niomon-dori Street as a street to visit Chomyo-ji Temple.

If we go through the temple gate of Chomyo-ji from Niomon-dori, you can see the gate rising further up the approach.

This gate is the Nio-mon gate from which Niomon-dori Street originated.

It doesn't directly face Niomon-dori, but it has a strong presence.

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The 'Jikokuten zo' (statue of Dhrtarastra) and the 'Tamonten zo' (statue of Vaisravana) were enshrined in the east and the west respectively, and they were also called 'Nitenmon' (two gates).

At the top of the gate, there is a tablet of a letter which Hideyoshi Toyotomi is said to have approved the resumption of the religious propagation.

Although it is not a tourist temple, Chomyo-ji is a large temple with 8 sub-temples.

It is also known as a temple associated with the early Edo period artist Sotatsu TAWARAYA and is said to have his grave on the grounds.

They also have "Shihon Bokuga Gyu-zu Sobaba" (ink on paper with a picture of a cow) (Important Cultural Property) written by Sotatsu and inscribed by Mitsuhiro Karasuma.

It is also famous for ginkgo trees, so I hope the world will be calm when the grounds turn yellow.


Chomyo-ji Temple
96 Ogiku-cho, Kawabata-higashi-iru, Niomon-dori Street, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk from Keihan Sanjo Station

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