In 774 (the fifth year of Houki era), even though the tradition says that the temple was established by the request of Emperor Kounin, the true story is not made clear. In Heian period, it was called as Shingo-ji Jyumujyo-in and regarded as the quasi-temple of Jingo-ji locating nearby. It is reported that this temple was the place of practice being far from the principal temple.
In 1206 (the first year of Kenei era) after entering Kamakura period, Myoue, who was the priest of Kegon sect. and referred as the supporter of restoration of Kouzan-ji, reconstructed the temple after given the ground by the retired emperor Gotoba. In addition, the retired emperor presented the calligraphic work of “Hinode Sakiteru Kouzan-ji-no-tera”, and this wording was referred to the current temple name. After the Middile Ages, the temple was burned down several times due to wars and fires, Sekisui-in (National treasures) remains the figure of “Shinden Tsukuri” from the beginning of kamakura period”
In 1966, Kouzan-ji made a protest against the transaction of “Futaga-oka” by Ninna-ji, and left the Shingon sect. Omuro school, and became the independent temple of Shingon sect.
The Kouzan-ji locating in the desolate place of Kitayamasugi is the place where has a serene hush being different from the circumstance of noisy downtown. It was funded by the retired emperor Godaigo and the picture of “Choujyugiga” is very famous.
The panorama scene is very beautiful and you may enjoy the outlook from the Sekisui-in (National Treasures). And the Kouzan-ji is the place where tea was held in Japan.
- 8, Umegahata Toganoo, Ukyou-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8295
- Formal Name
- Sangou (Mountain Name)
- Shingonshu sect. Independent school
- Amida Nyorai
- Date Founded
- 774 (the fifth year of Houki era)
- Founding Patron
- Cultural Properties
Sekisui-in, Choujyugiga (National Treasures), Nyouhoukei-tou, Houkyouin-tou (National Treasures and Important Cultural Property), Shrine (National Treasures, Historical Site)
Adult (600 yen), Child (500 yen)
Available 50 cars free of charge (with charge only in November)
- Access Guide
Get off at Toganoo Station of JR buss and approx. 3 minutes walk to reach the park mentioned.
- Official Website