Shoren-in

  • Address: 69-1 Sanjōbōchō Awataguchi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture ( rough location)
  • Founder: Saichō
  • Founded: 1150

A temple of Tendai Sect.This temple is also called Awata-gosho by the fact that, in the Edo period, this temple was temporarily used as an Imperial Palace.In this temple we can see a copy of the hanging scroll with a painting of Ao-Fudō, one of the Three Fudō of Japan.The gardens attributed to Sōami and Kobori Enshū are wonderful.The large camphor tree near the entrance, which is said to be planted by Shinran, is amazing.






"Sanmon", the entrance gate




Amazingly colored leaves of maple in bright red (near the entrance)




"Ichimonji-chōzu-bachi", an elongated basin for ablution
(offered by Hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi)




"Shinden" seen from "Shō-Gosho"




"Sōami-no-niwa", a garden designed by Sōami




"Koryū-bashi" over the Pond "Ryūshin-chi"




A garden in front of the "Shinden", residence of Emperor
(An orange on the left and a cherry on the right)




A thicket of bamboo in the precincts




Giant camphor tree said to be planted by Shinran,
the founder of "Jōdo-shinshū, the True Pure Land School




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