Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto

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    Myoshinji's Taizo-in Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 25, 2010

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    Taizo-in is a subtemple located within the Myoshinji Temple Complex. It is the oldest structure in the Myoshinji complex, and arguably it's also the most interesting.

    The temple houses one of the oldest ink paintings in the entire nation, the famous painting "Catching a Catfish With a Gourd" (Hyonenzu) by Josetsu. It is prominently featured right on the outside of the main temple building.

    Continuing to explore the temple, you'll pass a pleasant Zen rock garden before reaching the Yokoen Garden. The view of the garden is absolutely gorgeous! With the painting, dry landscape garden, and Yokoen Garden, Taizo-in proves its worth threefold! Perfect for those wanting to go somewhere that is worthwhile but without the tourist crowds found at some of Kyoto's other attractions.

    Entrance is 500 yen.

    Taizo-in Temple's Yokoen Garden Taizo-in Temple's Zen Garden Yokoen Garden Catching a Catfish With a Gourd at Taizo-in Taizo-in Temple
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    Myoshinji Temple

    by Rabbityama Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    Myoshinji is the head temple of the largest sect of Rinzai Buddhism. Although it's not one of the official 5 Great Zen Temples of Kyoto, it is unofficially one of the best!

    The history of the temple began in the 14th century. It was rebuilt in 1477 after it was destroyed during the Onin Wars. The subtemples are highly worthwhile (see other tips), but it is also a good idea to take the short tour of the main hall.

    Inside the main hall you will see the large dragon painting by Kano Tanyu . You will see these at other major Zen temples (ex: Kenninji, Nanzenji, etc.), but they are always impressive and Myoshinji's is the largest! The eyes of the dragon follow you wherever you move. You will also see the nation's oldest temple bell. The tour ends at a bath house. Tours run every 20 minutes from 9:10AM to 3:40PM (except at 12 they only have a 12:30 tour).

    Visitors are free to roam the temple grounds whenever they like, but the tour costs 500 yen. Subtemples also have their own entrance fees. Many offer Zen meditation.

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    Myoshinji's Keishun-in Temple

    by Rabbityama Updated Oct 15, 2010

    Keishun-in is one of Myoshinji's subtemples, known for its garden. It was built in 1598. You can walk through the temple to see the tea house and then through the gardens. The walkway is nice, but to be honest, the temple's garden is not really that impressive. If you come to Myoshinji, Taizo-in is a much better option.

    Entrance is 400 yen.

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