Ikkyu-ji Temple was restored under the order of Ikkyu Sojun, a Japanese Zen Buddhist priest, who is widely known in Japan as having been quite witty, and thus the subject of many interesting stories. The temple has a garden, known as “Hojo Garden,” designated as a place of scenic beauty, as well as the main hall building, designated an Important Cultural Property. The Hojo Garden consists of a North Garden, East Garden, and South Garden, each of which has a different atmosphere and particular type of beauty. At the temple, visitors can enjoy traditional shojin vegetarian cuisine, as eaten by Japanese Buddhist monks, with dishes such as “Shojin Tenshin" (a light vegetarian meal), “Shojin Makunouchi" (a vegetarian box lunch), and “Shojin Honzen" (a full-course vegetarian dinner). Ikkyu-ji Temple’s original natto (fermented soybeans) are also popular as a souvenir from the temple. Traditionally, making the natto is one of the tasks for the temple’s incumbent chief priest.
- 102 Satonouchi, Takigi, Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture
- The temple is about a 20-minute walk from Kyotanabe Station on the JR Gakkentoshi Line, or a 25-minute walk from Shin-Tanabe Station on the Kintetsu Railway Kyoto Line.
- Business Hours
- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Treasure Repository: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Open every day
- Passenger cars 300 yen