Joudo-In Temple (浄土院)

Joudo-in Temple also caled “Daimonji-dera” Temple, becouse it administrates “Daimonji”, whichi is one of the Gozan Okuribi (Bonfire Events on Five Mountaints).  Every year on August 16th, there will be a spirit feeding on Gozan Okuribi, busy with many visitors.


①The reason why Joudo-ji temple is called Daimonji Temple

②Jodo-in Temple has a unique name, “Yutaku-san Chakuren-ji Temple”

How to get to Joudo-in Temple

Unfortunately, there are no way to go to Joudo-in by train. You can take a bus! 

When going to Joudo-in Temple by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A1) ➡ Jodo-ji bus stop➡ about 10minuets on foot.

・No 5 :Ginkakuji Temple Via Heian-jingu Shrine(Kyoto City bus)

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

②JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A2) ➡ Jodo-ji bus stop➡ about 10minuets on foot.

・No.17 : Ginkakuji Temple

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

③JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D1) ➡ Gibkaku-ji mae bus stop➡ about 5minuets on foot.

・No100(Exp.) : Ginkakuji Temple Via Kiyomizu dera Temple

No100(Exp.) bus is prepaid. Riding from the front door and from the back door. Please pay the fare when you boarding.

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

Things of the gla,our of Jodo-in Temple

①The reason why Joudo-in temple is called Daimonji Temple

This place originally had a temple called “Jodo-ji”, but in 1482 the temple was relocated when making GInkaku-ji Temple. The Sodo(Thatched House) that was left on the site was reconstructed as a temple of the Joudo sect, and was named “Joudo-in Temple”. This Joudo-in Temple has been managing Gozan no Okuribi(Mountain Bonfire)for generations. The priest has gone up in front of Kobodaishi-do, which is enshrined in Daimonyama on August 16 every year. After the resident job, Daimonji will be lit.


About Kyoto Gozan no Okuribi (Mountain Bon Fire)

Every year, one of the summer features of Kyoto, Gozan no Okuribi(Mountain Bon Fire) is held on August 16. First,  Japanese Kanji “大” emerges in Higashiyama. Next, Japanese Kanji “妙” and “法” on Matsugasaki, and you can see a boat shape on West Kamo, the left Daimonji on Okitayama, at last you  can see the “Toriigata (shrine gate shape)” on Saga. These five fires are all registered intangible folk cultural properties in Kyoto City. There is belief that Gozan-no-Okuribi has traditionally written their name and disease name on Gomaki and put them on the firewood splits to heal the disease. It is also said that if you take the remaining charcoal and drink it as a powder, you will heal your chronic disease. From August 15th to 16th, the apirit of the ancestors ans the safety of survivors will be recorded in Gomaki.

The Gozan-no-Okuribi can be seen from anywhere in the Kyoto city center, but there are various theories, such as the Ashikaga family having the best view going to the street in front of the pond spring in Kyoto-gosho(Kyoto Imperial Palace).

②Jodo-ji Temple has a unique name, “Yutaku-san Chakuren-ji Temple”

The reason why Joudo-in Temple came to be called “Yutaku-san Chakuren-ji Temple”, it begins with Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s visit.

※”Yutaku-san Chakuren-ji Temple”・・・Translated literally, “The residence gave a lot of hot water, she did not give tea Temple”

Time is Azuchi-Momoyama period, 1587, October 1. It dates back to the day of “Kitano Daichakai(A big tea ceremony)”, which was held in honor of the victory of the Kyushu conquest and the completion of Jurakudai(a castle). Kitano Tenmangu shrine, the venue for the tea ceremony, is about 500m east of Joudo-in Temple. On the way to the tea ceremony, Hideyoshi Toyotomi stopped at Joudo-in Temple and requested tea.When the priest served tea, Hideyoshi was requester to replace tea as soon as he was drunk. But the resident served hot water instead of tea. Becouse it was rude and embarrassing that it was a shame to continue serving unskilled tea for Hideyoshi, he was known to the world as tea man. Therefore, the resident thought taht it would be better to taste the fragrant water that springs up at the temple, and served hot water instead of tea. Then Hideyoshi was asked to replace tea and the priest served hot water. This kind of exchange seems to have continued several time. Hideyoshi seemed surprised at first because he was given only hot water instead of tea, but soon he became laughed after realized the feeling of the priest. And he said “At the temple, I’m asking for tea, but just give me hot water.”And he said “Yutaku-san Chakuren(The residence gave a lot of hot water, she did not give tea)”.

It is reported that it has come to be called “Yutaku-san Chakuren Temple”.

Joudo-in Temple entrance fee


Entrance time

9:00〜 17:30



Around Joudo-in Temple are famous sightseeing spots such as “Ginkaku-ji Temple”,”Hachi jinjya Shrine” and “Tesugaku no mich”, all within 10 minutes walking distance. Since the only transportation is by bus, you  can spend a half day sightseeing slowly.


  1. Zuiun-In Shrine(瑞雲院)

  2. Daihouon-Ji temple/Senbonshaka-do(大報恩寺/千本釈迦堂)

  3. Shonen-Ji Temple(Cat dera)(称念寺/猫寺)

  4. Kinkaku-Ji Temple(金閣寺)

  5. Jizo-In Temple(Tsubaki Dera Temple)(地蔵院/椿寺)

  6. Hachi Jinja Shrien (八神社)

  7. Jojakko-Ji Temple(常寂光寺)

  8. Tenryu-Ji Temple(天龍寺)

  9. Injo-Ji Temple(Senbon Enmado)(引接寺/千本ゑんま堂)