Situated in Kyoto Prefecture's Ayabe City, Ungen-ji Temple is thought to have been built in the Muromachi era (1336 - 1573) by the head monk of nearby Ankoku-ji Temple.
At the top of the stone steps leading to the temple entrance stands a beautiful weeping cherry blossom tree. Thought to be over 100 years old, it was selected as one of the 100 famous trees of Ayabe City.
The cherry blossom tree is said to have been taken from a branch at Ankoku-ji Temple (a larger temple with a 600-year-old cherry blossom tree), a temple that has connections to Ashikaga Takauji (the first shogun of the Muromachi era). Continuing up the stone steps past the Kannon Hall, there is a stunning view of the magnificent weeping cherry blossom and the mountains in the distance.
- Ayabe City Tourism Association 0773-42-9550
- 49 Naka-machi Umezako-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: 7 minute walk from Umezako Station on the JR Maizuru Line
Car: 10 minute drive from Ayabe Station on the JR Sanin Line.
- Business Hours
- Always open
- Space for regular-sized vehicles: 10 (Price: Free)
Space for large vehicles: Not available