Anyoji Temple (安養寺)

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Nestled in the heart of tranquility, Anyoji, a captivating temple, beckons foreign tourists with its serene ambiance and rich cultural allure. Surrounded by lush greenery, the temple’s traditional architecture and symbolic elements offer a glimpse into Japan’s spiritual legacy. Anyoji provides a serene escape, inviting international visitors to partake in the profound beauty of Japanese traditions and rituals. With an atmosphere of calm contemplation, it stands as a cultural oasis where travelers can immerse themselves in the timeless charm of Japan. Explore the harmonious blend of nature and spirituality at Anyoji, a haven for those seeking an authentic cultural experience.

Only a few tourists visit Anyoji Temple, located on the eastern slope of Yasaka Jinja Shrine and Maruyama Park. Even most of Japanese tourists do not know about this temple.

Anyoji Temple

Although there is not much to see here, the temple has a long history. It was built by Saicho during the Enryaku era (782 – 806) by the order of Emperor Kanmu. It fell into disrepair during the Heian period (794-1185). But Honen took up residence here in 1175 with the help of Jien, a Tendai sect priest who lived in nearby Shorenin Temple. Honen built Yoshimizu Sōan and began to spread the teachings of the Jōdo sect. Furthermore, Shinran, who eventually became the founder of the Jodo Shin sect, came to this area in 1201 and became Honen’s disciple.

Later, in 1385, Kokua, a monk of the Jishu sect, came to this temple and converted Anyoji Temple to the Jishu sect. The temple rose again. And in its heyday, there were six subsidiary temples (so-called Rokuamibo) in the precincts. Among them, Shigeami is famous for the Ako Ronin who held the Maruyama Conference in late Edo period.

Today, only the main hall, Shoin, Yoshimizu-benzaitennyo-do, and the ryotei (Japanese-style high-end restaurant) “Saami” remain.

“Saami” is one of the former Rokuamibo. Saami was converted into a ryotei and is no longer a temple.

Saami Restaurant

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Nearby spots from Anyoji Temple

Although it is a small hall with do attendance, Yoshimizu-benzaitennyo-do is a remain of the old-day Anyoji Temple.

If you go down the path in Maruyama Park, iconic Yasaka Jinja Shrine is just a short walk away. And beyond the vermilion-lacquered gate of the shrine is the Gion area.

If you head east along the Higashiyama mountain, you will find Chorakuji Temple. It also has a long history. The garden is also the site of a lighting event in the fall.

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