Saiko-ji Temple

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Saiko-ji, a historic temple located in Nantan city of Kyoto prefecture was, according to a monk called Ryoben, estalished in the year 756. Saiko-ji is the 21st temple of the 'Funaigoori thirty-three Kannon Pilgrimage, and is thought to have once been associated with high-ranking buddhist monks. The principal icon, the seated statue of Amida Nyorai Buddha is in the main hall Amida-do, which was restored in the year 1799. The 'ranma' (a traditional Japanese part of interior architecture, made usually of wood and/or paper panelling, which is attached to the part of the ceiling that connects rooms) had a spectacular dragon carved into it by a local Tango craftsman Nakai Gonji, which is now a designated cultural property of Nantan city. Also, every year on the Sundays that fall directly before the 16th and the 23rd of August, at night there is a dance called the 'Rokusai Nenbutsu Odori' that also holds designated cultural importance to the city of Nantan. Inside the grounds there are many old Japanese Maple trees, and you can walk up the stoned stairway to a bell tower from which you can enjoy the autumn foliage.

Basic information

Ideal season



Postal code:629-0161
9 Nakaishidani, Misato, Yagi-cho, Nantan City


Number of regular vehicles: 10 spaces(Charges: Free)

Time held/open

Always open

Regular holidays/closings



Adults: Free

Children: Free


Train : 15 minutes on foot from Yoshitomi station on JR Sagano line.

Car : From Kyoto Ju-kan Expressway, get off at Yagi-nishi Interchange exit and continue for 5 minutes.

Access to Kyoto by the Sea

Access to Kyoto in the Forests

Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

Contact information


Please contact Yagi Toursm Association, if you have any questions. (☎0771-42-5850)


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