Shokoku-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Shokoku-ji Temple


Shokoku-ji Temple is a Zen temple founded by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1382.
The temple's Hatto (Dharma Hall) was donated by Toyotomi Hideyori in 1605.
The hall is presently the oldest building of its type in Japan and is now designated as an Important Cultural Property.
A dragon drawn by Kano Mitsunobu on the celling of Hatto is called "Naki-Ryu (Crying Dragon)" because you can hear a resonance when you clap your hands under the dragon.
You can enter the Hatto and other buildings during special admission periods in the spring and autumn.

Jotenkaku Museum in the temple exhibits precious treasures (screens, scrolls, etc.) of Zen history and culture (1200 - 1800) belonging to the Shokoku-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Ginkaku-ji Temple.
The museum holds 5 national treasures and 144 important cultural properties.

Opening Hours

  • Open 24 hours
  • Special admission (late-March - early-June; late-September - mid-December): 10:00 - 16:30  *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • Jotenkaku Museum: 10:00 - 17:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • No closing days
  • Jotenkaku Museum: Year-end and New Year's holidays

Access / Public Transport

  • 5 minutes walk from Imadegawa Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line (K06)

Address / Location

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Jishoji temple (Ginkakuji) in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, is a temple of Rinzai Sect Shokoku. Shoguna…
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*Autumn Special Viewing*
<Date> 25th September-15th December 2017
<Time> 10:00-16:00
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A5. I dream of doing 2 - 1) completing the 88 temple one on Shokoku, & 2) doing the Camino de Santiago #CultureTrav
Anime Life @moemoeculture - 2016-03-29
It is the shiniest temple in Japan.
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Got the first snow of this winter finally this morning in Kyoto! Check the website of Kinkakuji Temple. ;-)
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Helen O'Rahilly @HelenORahilly - 2015-05-06
This temple belongs to the Shokoku school of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. It is still used as a temple.
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Rokuon-ji, or Temple of the Golden Pavilion:
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