Keihoku mystery series ① 「the black statue of Mitsuhide Akechi」

The golden colored big gingko tree leads you to "Jigenji-temple" just 5 mins walk from Shuzan bus terminal in Keihoku.

There was one of a famous samurai general called "Mitsuhide Akechi"(1528-1582) in the Sengoku period(warring period) of feudal Japan. Mitsuhide was a general under shogun Nobunaga Oda, who became famous by betraying his lord at Honnoji-temple.

There is an unusual black painted statue of Mitsuhide in Jigenji-temple.

According to regional legend, locals were suffering from a powerful local clan, and Mitsuhide helped locals from the clan without any battle. So the locals admired Mitsuhide and put his statue there.

But why was the statue painted black?

Mitsuhide's betraying of his lord was disgrace to the spirit of samurai.

But the locals say that they still appreciated Mitsuhide's help and they wanted to keep the statue of Mitsuhide, then, they painted the statue black to hide it from others.

If you visit Jigenji-temple, you can see the black statue of Mitsuhide, to get immerse yourself in a Japanese history.

Address of Jigenji-temple
4 Uedai, Shuzancho, Keihoku, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto-City
(5 mins walk from Shuzan bus terminal)

Access to Keihoku
Take JR bus of Takao/Keihoku Line from Kyoto station (terminal no.3) via Omiya, Nijo and Enmachi station. Shuzan terminal is a final stop and it takes around 1 hour 30 mins from Kyoto station. Transport fare costs 1180 yen, or you can use Japan Rail Pass.