Kyoto Travel Guide

Kyoto Sights

Choraku-ji (Choraku Temple)

  • 626 Maruyama-cho Map It
  • Higashiyama-ku

Published 12/20/2010

Fodor's Review

A procession of stone lanterns lines the steep stairway to this tiny temple founded in the early 9th century by Emperor Kammu with the priest Saicho. In 1185, after the Minamoto clan's defeat of the Taira clan in the Genpei War, the last survivor found refuge here, a circumstance depicted in the epic The Tale of the Heike. Within the temple, note the 11-headed statue of Kannon, evocative of the deity's Indian origins. Another structure houses precious items: ancient scrolls, remnants of a child emperor's clothing, and Buddhist images.

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Maruyama Park, 626 Maruyama-cho, Kyoto, Kyoto-fu, 605-0071, Japan

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  • ¥500

Published 12/20/2010


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