Konkai Komyoji Temple (金戒光明寺)

Konkai Komyoji Temple is one of the seven head temples of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, and is said to have been built by Honen in 1175. At the end of the Edo period, this temple became the headquarters of the Aizu han (feudal domain), which was appointed as the guardian of Kyoto, and the Shinsengumi (shogunate military force) also frequented the temple.

Temple’s Official WEB site

This Temple does not have many cultural assets. This is probably due to the fact that the repeated fires destroyed the temple many times. The only important cultural property is the three-story Monju-to (pagoda), which was built in 1633. However, when we visited the temple, there were several works by Ito Jakuchu on display inside, so if you like Jakuchu, you should check it out.

The garden at Konkai Komyoji Temple is a hidden gem of autumn foliage.

Nearby spots of Konkai Komyoji

In autumn, you can enjoy autumn leaves from this temple, Eishoin Temple, and Shinnyodo Temple.

In the season of cherry blossoms, visit Heian Jingu Shrine.

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