About Koetsuji Temple
Koetuji Temple is a Nichiren-sect temple located in Kyoto City Kita word Takamine Koetu town. It is located in a scenic area north of Kyoto overlooking the Takagamine Sanzan (Takagamine, Washagamine, and Tengamine peaks).
An artist in Edo era, Koetu Honada, had a separate house here in the first year of the Keicho era (1596-1615), but in the first year of Genna era (1615), Ieyasu Tokugawa gave him the land in the vicinity.
Koetu, who moved to this area in earnest in 1619, created a large art village having gathered more than 100 people of his family, various craftsmen and their families to let them live in there, so-call Koetu Village. Also, he built Hokkadaimokudo near his house.
In Meireki 2 (1656) after Koetu’s death, his mansion and the Hokkadaimokudo were organized with Nichiren-sect Nichiji as the founder, and became Koetuji Temple.
We can see beautiful autumn leaves through the approach of Koetuji Temple and there are a number of elegant tea rooms in the garden. Going back in the garden, we can see the mountains and the city of Kyoto from the red-colored hill.
I could see Takagamine, Washigamine, Tengamine, nearby and Hwajeongsan, Shimizuyama, and Funaokayama in the distance.
Koetsuji Temple photos
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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada
|Location||〒603-8466 29 Takagamine Koetsu-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Entrance fee||General 400 yen (junior high school students and older)
500 yen when the leaves change color.
|Access||From Kitaoji Subway Station (Karasuma Line), take city bus North No. 1 bound for Gentaku, get off at Takagamine-Genkoan-mae, and walk west for 2 minutes.
From Shijo Omiya, take city bus (No. 6) bound for Gentaku, get off at Takagamine-Genkoan-mae and walk 2 minutes to the west.
Closed during the fall foliage season.
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