Korin-in (興臨院), Daitokuji

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Discover the hidden beauty of Korin-in Temple, a sub-temple of Daitokuji, exclusively open on special days. Established in the 1520s by the Noto Hatakeyama clan, the temple boasts a rich history and cultural significance. The main hall and gates, including the ancient Karamon gate, are cherished cultural properties. Renovated by Toshiie Maeda in 1581, it became the Maeda clan’s family temple. Delight in the serene front garden, meticulously restored in 1978, featuring a Karesansui garden symbolizing the idyllic world of Horai. Experience the allure of Korin-in during its limited public openings in the enchanting seasons of fall and spring.


Korin-in is the sub-temple of Daitokuji Temple. It is not open to the public except on special viewing days. Hatakeyama family of Noto built this temple in 1520s. Since then, it has become the family temple of the Noto Hatakeyama clan. A fire destroyed the main hall later but reconstruction work took place soon after. After the fall of the Hatakeyama clan of Noto, Toshiie Maeda, who ruled Noto in place of the Hatakeyama clan, renovated it in 1581. From then on, it became the family temple of the Maeda clan as well.

The main hall, Karamon gate, and front gate are important cultural properties. The front gate is one of the oldest gates within the Daitokuji temple grounds.

The front garden of the Hojo was restored in 1978 based on remaining old materials. A Karesansui garden with stone patterns arranged on white sand, said to represent the ideal world of Horai.

Kyoto City Official Tourist Information site

Korin-in is only open to the public during special openings in the fall and spring.

Nearby spots from Korin-in

Korin-in is located within the grounds of Daitokuji Temple. There are many sub-temples around.

Zuiho-in next door is usually open to the public.

Soken-in Temple

In the main hall of Soken-in there is a wooden statue of Oda Nobunaga (Important Cultural Property).

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