• Address: 526 Shimokawara-machi, Kōdai-ji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
    ( rough location)
  • Founder: Kōdaiin (legal wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi)
  • Founded: 1606

Interior decoration of Otamaya (mausoleum) is of exquisite gold lacquer work of Momoyama style and this temple possesses many furnitures of gold lacquer work of Kōdaiin. Because of this fact this temple is also called Temple of Makie (gold lacquer work).

"Ihōan", the most representative of the tea houses of this temple

The residence of the chief priest and the garden designed by Kobori Enshū,
famous architect and designer of the gardens of the Edo period

The garden in front of the residence of the chief priest
In each spring and autumn, works of modern art are exhibited here
(when we visited here, dragons made with roof tiles)

"Garyūrō", corridor where a dragon lies
A covered corridor linking "Kaizan-dō" and "Otama-ya", mausoleum

"Kasa-tei", a tea house moved from the Fushimi Castle
(Hideyoshi is said to have used this house when he enjoyed boating)

"Shigure-tei", a tea house also moved from the Fushimi Castle
(At Fushimi, the Osaka Castle could be seen from the upstairs of this tea house)

The rear view of Shigure-tei
(Kobori Enshū linked these two tea houses with a covered corridor)

Colored leaves of maples in the sunshine of late afternoon

A thicket of bamboo with the setting sun in the background

The setting sun with "Yasaka-no-tou" (lower left)

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