Kyoto Tea Country

Gansen-ji Temple

Gansen-ji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Kamo-cho, part of Kizugawa City in the southernmost part of Kyoto Prefecture. Thought to have been built in 729, the name "Gansen-ji" translates literally 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 of 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 Temple is famous for its displays of bright hydrangeas, water lillies, and crape myrtle flowers in the summer. Gansen-ji is truly a sight to see in any of the four seasons, though, with Japanese plum and cherry blossom trees blooming in the spring, autumn foliage, and camelias in the winter.

43 Kaminomon, Iwafune, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture
From Kamo Station on the the JR Yamatoji Line, take the Kizugawa Community Bus towards Kamoyamano-ie for approximately 16 minutes, and get off at "Gansenji" bus stop.

From Nara Station on the JR Kintestu line, either
1) take Nara Kostu Bus to Joruriji, approximately a 26-minute ride, get off at "Joruriji" bus stop and take the Kizugawa Community Bus (bound for JR Kamo Station) for approximately 7 minutes to "Gansenji" bus stop.
*Buses to Joruriji run annually during April, May, and November.
2) Take Nara Kostu bus (bound for Shimosagawa/Hiro-oka) for approximately 25 minutes, get off at "Gansenjiguchi" bus stop and walk for about 30 minutes.
Business Hours
March - November: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (entrance until 4:45 p.m.) / December - February 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (entrance until 3:45 p.m.)
Closed on: Open all year-round
*No parking, use nearby private parking