Anraku-Ji Temple (安楽寺)

①Scenery from Anrakuji Temple

②History’s Anraku-ji Temple

③Anrakuji Temple has an event “Kabocya kuyo (Memorial service for pumpkin)”

How to get to Anraku-ji temple

When going to Anraku-ji Temple by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A1) ➡ Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine bus stop➡ about 1minuets on foot.

・No.5: Heian-jingu Shrien/ Ginkakuji Temple/ Iwakura(Kyoto City bus)

Total about 40〜45 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

②JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D1) ➡ Honen-incho bus stop ➡ about 5minuets on foot.

・No.100(Exp.): Kiyomizu-dera Templ/ Heian-jingu Shrine / Nanzenji Temple/ Ginkakuji Temple (Kyoto City bus)

Total about 45〜50 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

Things of the glamour of Anraku-ji Temple

①Scenery from Anrakuji Temple

Anrakuji Temple can only be seen on 25th July, spring, autumn, weekend and holidays. Open to the public according to cherry blossoms and azaleas bloom in spring, autumn leaves such as maple.

The autumn of Anrakuji is famous for Momiji (maple scattered) on the stairs leading to the Yamamon gate. It is also the top page of the official website. When you search for Anrakuji Temple on the internet, you will find lots of photo of Ymamon and Momiji.

Azalea is less known than cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, but the light pink azalea seen front the main hall is very beautiful.

 

②History’s Anraku-ji Temple

Anrakuji Temple is a temple that was built for the purpose of offering holy superior disciples, Sumiren and Anraku’s two monks. The princesses, Matsumushi and Suzumushi, who received the  Emperor Gotoba, become nuns in the preaching of Sumiren and Anraku. The Emperor Gotoba knew it and got angry. And Sumiren and Anraku have been killed. The princesses, Matsumushi and Suzumushi have been exiled. In the precincts of Anrakuji Temple, there are Sumiren, Anraku’s memorial towerand Matsumushi and Suzumushi memorial tower.

Anrakuji Temple has a Jizoson called “Kusano Jizo” which is beneficial for healing skin diseases. The Jizo ennichi(Jizo fair) was reopened for the first time in 150 years, triggered by the rebuilding of Jizo-do in 2015.

Even today, there is a Jizo fair on the 2nd of every month. If you are suffering from rough skin, it is recommended that you visit the fair while visiting.

③Anrakuji Temple has an event “Kabocha kuyo (Memorial service for pumpkin)”

Formally “Kabocha kuyo (Memorial service for pumpkin)” is “Chubu majinai Kagatani Kabocha kuyo (Paralysis charm by pumpkin)”. It is an event to pray that people who came on the day eat boiled Shikagaya pumpkins and not be in paralysis. Kagatani pumpkin’s shape is gourd shape and Kyoto traditional vegetables. It is a traditional event that lasts 220 years.

My recommendation

A coffee shop in Anrakuji Temple “Momiji”

Inside the store there are seats that surround a large hearth table and sofa seats overlooking the garden. It’s a stylish atmosphere that you can’t think of in the precincts. You can relax at there.

In addition to macha, the menu includes regular cafe menus such as coffee, tea and Yuzu tea. All drinks come with a small sweets. I recommend “Zenzai(red bean sweet soup)” with pumpkin.

Kyoto in late November gets cold, so please warm your body cold in the cafe.

Anralu-Ji Temple’s entrance fee

 Entrance fee

500yen (Under 15years old child is free)

Entrance time

9:30am 〜 16:30pm

※Spring opening day
◎Cherry blossom: Every Saturaday and Sunday on late of March 〜early in April

◎Azelea:Every Saturday and Sunday and national holiday on late of April 〜early in May

◎Satsuki azalea:Every Saturday and Sunday on late of May 〜early in Jun.

※Autumn
Momiji:Every Friday and Saturday and Sunday and national holidayon on November. Every Saturday and Sunday on early in December.

Map

Conclusion

Conclusion

There was a fire in 2018, but it seems that the main shrine was not affected. There is no means of transportation other than bus. The buses will be crowded in spring and autumn season. Please make a schedule with plenty of time!

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