Shoren-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

A deep connection to the imperial family and the camphor-tree grown by Shinran

 Shoren-in Temple is one of the three monzeki temples along with Sanzen-in Temple, and Myoho-ji Temple.  The temple originated from the shukubo (priest's quarters) established in the era of Denkyo Daishi in Mt. Hiei, and it has a deep connection to the imperial family from the ancient time.  It is also called as “Awata Palace” because it was used as an imperial palace temporarily after the Great Fire of the Tenmei period in 1788.  In the main temple there are aesthetic buildings such as Kacho-den Hall where you can enjoy green tea and a graceful garden created by Soami, and Kogosho (head priest's living room) to the north of the main temple. At the front gate you can see the camphor tree cared for Shinran, now it is a great tree with vivid green leaves, gracefully shaped branches, and it purifies one’s heart.


Name Shoren-in Temple
Address 69-1 Awata-guchi Sanjo Bo-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Tel 075-561-2345
Hours 9:00-16:30 (gate closed)
Recommended Entry: 500 yen
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    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. ,
     Fujin-gaho,August issue,2013