Gichu-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Gichu-ji Temple


Gichu-ji Temple is said to have been founded in the 12th century to mourn for Kiso Yoshinaka (Minamoto no Yoshinaka), a general of the Minamoto clan who was killed by his brother Minamoto no Yoshitsune in a battle near here.

The temple is also known as a favorite place of the great haiku poet, Matsuo Basho.
The Basho's tomb was erected next to the Yoshinaka's in his will, and Basho's haiku poetry is carved on many of the monuments on the temple grounds.

Opening Hours

  • 9:00 - 17:00 (March - October)
  • 9:00 - 16:00 (November - February)


  • Mondays (except national holidays)

Access / Public Transport

  • 6 minutes walk from JR Zeze Station
  • 6 minutes walk from Keihan Zeze Station on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line

Address / Location

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忍者部隊 @kusobakabaka - 2015-09-21
Good news❗️
We will do a ninja festival❗️

Christmas eve Thu−Dec 24
11am 2015

The precinct of Gichu-ji Temple
From Japan With Love @futoshijapanese - 2015-04-24
Vintage Japanese Wood Plaque Gichu-Ji Temple by VintageFromJapan via @Etsy
From Japan With Love @futoshijapanese - 2015-04-24
Vintage Japanese Wood Plaque - Gichu-Ji Temple in Shiga E3-103 by VintageFromJapan via @Etsy via @Etsy