Gansen-ji Temple

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Gansen-ji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Kamo town, part of Kizugawa city in the southernmost area of Kyoto prefecture. Thought to have been built in 729, the name 'Gansen-ji' translates to 'Rock Boat Temple' and near the entrance of the temple’s main gate is a boat-shaped rock where legend has it that priests used the rock for sacred cleansing rituals. Nestled in the pristine nature home to Kyoto's tea producing region, the three-storied pagoda on the temple grounds is a designated Important Cultural Property and the main hall maintains an ancient yet elegant charm. Gansen-ji is famous for the displays of bright hydrangeas, water lillies, and crape myrtle flowers in the Summer. But Gansen-ji is a sight to see in any of the four seasons, with Japanese plum, and cherry blossom trees blooming in the Spring, Autumn foliage and camelias in the winter.

Basic information


Postal code:619-1133
43 Kaminomon, Iwafune, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City


*No parking, use nearby private parking

Time held/open

March through to November 8:30 - 17:00 (entrance up to until 16:45) /December through to February 9:00 - 16:00 (entrance up to until 15:45)

Regular holidays/closings

Open all year-round.


Adults: 500 yen (Groups larger than 30 people: 400 yen each)

Children: Elementary School 200 yen, Middle and High School 300 yen (Groups larger than 30 people: 100 yen and 200 yen, respectively)

Other: Disability discounts apply for yourself and one care giver upon showing a disability certificate.


Train : ・Via the JR Yamatoji line get off at Kamo station, then take the Kizugawa community bus towards Kamoyamano-ie for approximately 16 minutes, get off at "Gansenji".
・From JR Nara or Kintestu Nara station、
①take the Nara Kostu Bus to Joruriji , approximately 26 minutes, get off at "Joruriji" and take the Kizugawa Community bus (bound for JR Kamo station) for approximately 7 minutes to Gansenji.
②Take the Nara Kostu bus (bound for Shimosagawa/Hiro-oka) for approximately 25 mintes and get off at "Gansenjiguchi" and walk about 30 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

Equipment and service in facilities

Toilet facilities available

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