Joruri-ji Temple, located in the "Kyoto Infused with Tea" region, is a temple of the Shingon Ritsu Buddhism (Nara sect) that holds 4 national treasures and 9 important cultural properties.
According to the records of the temple, the temple was opened in 1047 by Yoshiaki Shonin and enshrines the “Yakushinyourai,” the Buddha who can cure all illness. The name of the temple is said to come from "Joruri," the realm where the Buddha lives.
The main hall of Joruri-ji is particularly long with nine Amida Buddhas enshrined inside. During the Heian period about 30 such nine-body Amida temples were built around Kyoto, but Joruri-ji is the only temple that still exists. Both the main hall and nine-body Amida Buddha are designated as national treasures.
*The Nine Amida Buddhas sitting statues are being repaired two at a time over a five-year period from July 2018.
To the east of the main hall is a garden containing a three-storied pagoda and Yakushinyourai Buddha statue arranged around a pond. The layout of the grounds is said to be in the shape of the Sandskrit letter "A," expressing paradise.
Surrounded by abundant nature, the temple has also has been designated as a special national scenic spot. You can enjoy beautiful scenery throughout the year, and the road connecting Gansen-ji and Joruri-ji is called the "Stone Buddha Road," and there are many stone Buddha statues make it the perfect place for hiking.
- 40 Fudaba Nishio, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture
From "Kamo" station on the JR Yamatoji Line, take the Kizugawa city community bus and get off at "Joruri-ji mae."
From "Nara" Station on the JR Yamatoji Line or "Kintetsu Nara" Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line, take the Nara Kotsu Bus (seasonal express bus) and get off at "Joruri-ji."
- Business Hours
- March – November: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Main Hall admission until 4:30pm)
December – February: 10:00am – 4:00pm (Main Hall admission until 3:30pm)
Regular holidays : N/A
- Adult: 400 yen (middle school students and up) *Main Hall only; Grounds are free
Other: High school groups of 50 or more: 300 yen
Middle School groups of 50 or more: 200 yen
(No group discounts for university student or adult groups)
Number of regular vehicles: 30 spaces
(Fee: 300 yen)
Number of large vehicles: -
(Fee: 1,500 yen)