shinnyo-do

A beautiful three-storied Pagoda is framed by cherry blossoms and autumn colors.

Shinnyo-do, located in Kyoto near Ginkaku-ji, is a temple of the Tendai Sect. The Temple was established in 984 by a priest from the important Enryaku-ji Temple.  The Amida Nyorai is worshipped as the deity of women.

The temple’s buildings were destroyed by war and fire many times, but fortunately the Amida Nyorai statue was rescued. After a couple of relocations, this statue was once again enshrined at the current location in 1693 when the temple was rebuilt.

The main hall has a beautifully decorated inner chamber with a large gold leaf dome, and a few more rooms with elegant paintings on their sliding doors. Visitors can see the temple’s beautiful two gardens, a contemporary dry garden with a borrowed scenery, and another dry garden with rocks, gravel and trees.

There are many buildings in the temple ground, including a three-storied pagoda.

shinnyo-do cherry blossom
● Cherry blossoms with the pagoda
shinnyo-do autumn
● Autumn colors
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In spring, the over 70 cherry trees color the temple, and from late November to early December, red maple, and yellow ginkgo trees beautifully frame the main hall and the pagoda. It’s a beautiful scenery to see.

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Hours : 9:00 to 16:00

Admission : 500 yen (the main hall and gardens)

Access : From Kyoto Station,Take Kyoto city bus No. 5 in about 35 mins then get off at Shinnyodo-mae bus stop. Or 20-minute walk From Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion).