Jojakko-Ji Temple(常寂光寺)

Jojakko-ji Temple was founded in 1596. The main hall is a reshuffle of the Fushimi Castle. The name of the temple called “Jojakko-ji” is derived from the BUddhist term “Jojakkodo”. Jojakko-ji Temple was named  after a clean place where the buddha lives, because it is refined and has an elegant atmosphere.


①The begging of summer of “Aomomiji” , The autumn of “Chirimomiji (leaves fall)”

②A place related to Ogura Hyakunin isshu(Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets.)


How to get to Jojakko-ji Temple from Kyoto Statio.

It’s easy to get crowded at any time, so it’s recommended to go by train.

When going to Jojakko-ji Temple by train

①JR Kyoto Station ➡ JR Sagamino Line “Sagaarashiyama” Station ➡ About 15 minuets on foot.

Total about  35 minuets / Cost 240yen (Child:120 yen)

When going to Jojakko-ji Temple by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D3) ➡ Saga Shogakko-mae bus stop➡ about 15minuets on foot.

・No 28 :Daikakuji Temple Via Arasshiyama (Kyoto City bus)

Total about 1 hour/ Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

Things of the glamour of Jojakko-ji Temple

①The begging of summer of “Aomomiji” , The autumn of “Chirimomiji (leaves fall)”

The begging of summer of “Aomomiji”

From late March to early May, buds and small birds sing among the young leaves, and the precincts are like Jodo(the Pure land) in the year. Especially in May, about 200 blue Japanese maples(Aomomiji) in the precincts sprout all at once, and you  can feel the fresh air. Blue maple(Aomomiji) season is long, and July is still beautiful. The best time to see moss is during the rainy season and when it contains plenty of rain.

Since Jojakko-ji Temple is popular for the autumn leaves season,it is crowded enough to form a queue from the entrance even in the morning, but it is off-season except for the autumn leaves season.The fresh green season is off-season,but it is the best time to take photos slowly.Tourists come sparsely,but it is also possible to shoot without people.


The autumn of “Chirimomiji (leaves fall)”

The beauty of the autumn leaves, the autumn leaves falling on the beautiful moss is also stunning.Even if you drop the leaves, the autumn leaves will entertain us as if they were alive. You will surely be deprived of this vitality.

The best time to see the autumn leaves at Jojakko-ji Temple is around the last week of November. At the same time,there are the most tourists, and depending on the time of day, there is a possibility of being frustrated. However, if you aim for the beginning of December by shifting one week, you will be able to enjoy the autumn leaves relatively slowly because the peak of tourists will pass, and you will be able to enjoy the scattered autumn leaves together.

It is very crowded when the best time to see the autumn leaves.Especially on Saturday and Sundays, the entire Arashiyama area is crowded, not just Jojakko-ji Temple, and pedestrians are also restricted from passing through the Togetsukyo Bridge in the afternoon. I am recommended that you go as early as possible in the morning. Arashiyama is crowded with lunch and has a large line. Please be aware that shops around Togetsukyo will have a waiting time of 1 to 2 hours after 12:00. The autumn season is crowded, but the more you go up, the less the congestion and the more nature. The air is clean and you can relax and easy to take pictures.


②A place related to Ogura Hyakunin isshu(Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets.)

“Ogura Hyakunin Isshu” ‘s “Ogura” is taken from Mt.Ogura. The reason for this is that Sadaie Fujiwara, who was the editor of one hundred, was editing in Ogurayama. The place where he was editing was a habit of saying “Tokisame-tei”. It is not clear where it actually stood, but it is thought that it was in the south of Nison-in Temple. The place is now a stone monument where there was Tokisame-tei.

※About “Ogura Hyakunin Isshu(Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets.)”

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu is a “Shukasen” made by collecting the waka of one hundred representative singer from the Asuka period to the early Kamakura period. “Shukasen” means “collecting of excellent songs(waka poetry)”


My recommendation  Jojakko-ji Temple

“Tahoto Pagoda “〜多宝塔〜

Tahoto Pagoda is an important cultural property and is a superb view point overlooking Kyoto city. Even though Kyoto is a basin, these viewpoints are really precious. One a clear day,you can see Mt.Hiei. At the perfect shntter point with beautiful autumn leaves around the Tahoto Pagoda. Matchese the landscape and makes a picture wherever you take a photo.

Jakko-ji Temple entrance fee

entrance fee

Adult 500yen


9:00am 〜5:00pm (Final reception 4:30pm)



There is Jojjako-ji Temple halfway up Mt. Ogura、it feels like a light hike, so you can breathe a little. Avoid heels and sandals, please wear comfortable clothes. There are Nonomiya-jinja Shrine(10 minutes on foot) and Tenryu-ji Temple(20 minutes on foot) around the temple, so you can enjoy the autumn leaves efficiently during the autumn season.


  1. Joudo-In Temple (浄土院)

  2. Zuiun-In Shrine(瑞雲院)

  3. Daishogunhachi Jinja Shrine (大将軍八神社)

  4. Tenryu-Ji Temple(天龍寺)

  5. Adashinonenbutsudera Temple(化野念仏寺)

  6. Nison-In Temple(二尊院)

  7. Kinkaku-Ji Temple(金閣寺)

  8. Shikichi Jinja Shrine (Wara Tenjin Shrine)(敷地神社/わら天神宮)

  9. Ginkaku-Ji Temple(銀閣寺)