Zenporitsu-ji Temple, located in the southeast of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine in Yawata City, Kyoto, was donated by Zenpoujikyusei, the officer of Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, in 1257 as a dormitory for the monks. Jissou-Shonin, a master from Todai-ji Temple in Nara, was invited to be the founder of the temple.
It is said that Ryoko, the great-granddaughter of Zenpoujikyusei, married Ashikaga Yoshiakira and gave birth to the third generation Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and was deeply tied to the Muromachi Shogun family.
Many maple trees (momiji) donated by Ryoko are planted in the gardens, and in autumn, nearly 100 maple trees turn red, creating beautiful scenery that has earned the temple the name of “Momiji Temple.”
The main hall and the front gate are designated as cultural assets of Kyoto Prefecture. In addition, the temple has a total of 9 designated cultural assets of Yawata City, such as its seated statue of Amida Buddha (Amida Nyorai) with jewel crown and the seated statue of the Yawata Buddhist monk (Reservations are required for visits of the interior of the main hall).
- 88-1 Yawata Baba, Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: Get off at Keihan Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station and walk for 15 minutes.
Bus: Take Keihan bus from Keihan Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station, get off at Hashiagari bust stop and walk for 5 minutes.
Car: Take Meishin Expressway, get off at the Oyamazaki Interchange, and drive for 10 minutes. Alternatively, take the Keiji Bypass, get off at Kumiyamayodo Interchange, and continue for 10 minutes.
- Business Hours
- 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Parking available for 10 regular-sized vehicles (Price: free of charge for visitors)
Parking for 1 large vehicle (Price: free of charge for visitors)
・Please inform the temple if bus parking is required.
・Please try to use public transport to makea visit during the autumn foliage season.