Nison-in Temple


長年の経験から、ほかの品種では溶けてしまうため、青森産のふじを採用。 撮影/伊藤信、文/婦人画報編集部

An old temple with blazing autumn leaves where Hyakunin Isshu was compiled

Buddhist priest, Jikaku Daishi, established this temple at the foot of Mount Ogura under the commission of Emperor Saga in the early 9th century.  Official name of the temple is Ogura-yama Nison Kyoin Kedai-ji Temple.  The name of the temple, Nison, means “Two Deities” and as the name represents, there are two main deities enshrined in the temple: Shaka Nyorai and Amida Nyorai.  During the Onin civil war period (1467-1477) the temple was burnt down but the main hall, Kara-mon Gate and So-mon Gate are all restored successfully.  There is a small building called Shigure-tei which is said to have been the place where the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, the famous poetry anthology was complied.  In autumn, maple trees on the temple approach will color beautifully and welcome visitors.


Name Nison-in Temple
Address 27 Chojin-cho, Saga Nison-inmon-mae, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel 075-861-0687
Hours 9:00-16:30 *Enter by 30 min. before the closing time.
Recommended Entry: 500 yen
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    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. ,
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013