Legend has it that Fujioyama Kannonji Temple was founded in 735 when Emperor Shomu ordered a Buddhist monk to enshrine the Eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva in order to pray for the safe construction of the Great Buddha statue.
Unfortunately, the temple was burnt down in 1137. In 1208, Jokei, a monk of Kasagidera Temple, moved to the abandoned site of Kannonji Temple, and built a hermitage for training. The place was renamed Fudaraku-san Kaijusen-ji Temple and was revived.
The five-storied pagoda, which is 17.7 m high and painted in red, is a precious relic of the Kamakura period, thus designated as a national treasure of Japan. Other treasures of the temple include the main deity statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva, the Monjudo hall, the colored Hokke Mandala painting on silk cloth, and Kaijusen-ji Temple’s documents, all of which are designated as important cultural properties.
In the grounds, there is an “Eggplant seat” said to fulfill your wishes when you sit on it, and a huge Yamamomo tree selected as one of the “200 Natural Views in Kyoto”. The autumn foliage here is beautiful and you can enjoy looking out at the Kunikyo Palace and Heijo Palace from the altitude of 200 meters while also enjoying the maple leaves.
- 20 Kaijusen, Reihei, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: Get off at Kamo station (JR Yamatoji line) and walk for 60 minutes or take the taxi for 10 minutes.
Bus: Take the Kizugawa city community bus (weekdays only) from JR Yamatoji Line Kamo station, and get off at Kaijusenjiguchi bus stop. Walk for about 20 minutes.
- Business Hours
- 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open every day
- Adult: Main hall (main deity the Eleven-faced Bodhisattva) 500 yen (including entrance fee)
Other: *Visitors with the purpose of hiking, photographing, or walking in the grounds will only be charged the entramce fee of 100 yen. （Entrance fee is 300 yen during the cultural properties special exhibition period.）
*There will be extra charge during the special exhibition period.
Number of regular vehicles: 20 car spaces(Charges : Free )
Number of large vehicles: Trespassing is prohibited.