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Address: 530 Shimokawaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-525-0101
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Kitanomandokoro Nene, who was the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537-1598)...

Kitanomandokoro Nene, who was the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537-1598) who unified Japan at the Warring State Period, opened Kodai-ji temple for enshrining Hideyoshi after he died. It’s 400 years ago. And she ordered to move the Kesho-palace and the front yard of Fushimi-castle into Kodai-ji temple site, because she had many memories in Fushimi-castle with Hideyoshi, and she lived there. A lot of people, Japanese feudal lords, monks, tea masters, poets, painters, ceramicists and etc…, came to the place for meeting her. She spent for 19 years in the place until she died when she was 76years old. Iesada Kinoshita who was an older brother of Nene and Toshifusa who was a son of Iesada supported Nene. Toshifusa opened Entoku-in for a memorial service for the Kinoshita family in the place where Nene lived after she died. It became one of minor temples with Kodai-ji temple.

Entoku-in has two dry landscape garden (south garden and north garden). The north garden, there are a lot of rocks. This garden was brought from Fushimi castle. It is a famous garden in the Momoyama Period. The south garden, the sands of this garden shows ocean. There are many trees that bloom in each season. It is very beautiful.

The paintings on the fusuma (a framed and papered sliding door used as a room partition) in the main building were drawing by Tohaku Hasegawa who was a famous ink painter in the Edo Period and Ryo Akamatsu who was a Japanese modern artist. The fusuma, which was painted by Tohaku Hasegawa, is an important cultural property.

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God with Three Faces

I visited here with my wife after visiting Kodaiji. At the entrance of this small shrine, we also found the board showing Tsujiri, which is famous green tea shop and restaurant in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

In one of the busiest tourist areas of Kyoto, this small gem of a temple is a quiet oasis. There are two attractive, tranquil moss and stone gardens. But the remarkable screen paintings steal the show. They are truly wonderful. Take your time, away from the crowds, and enjoys these beauties in peace. By bus, get off at Higashiyama-Yasui. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We chose to spend a quiet half hour here instead of the busier and larger Kodaji over the road. We didn't regret our choice. The gardens are not quite up to the aesthetic and spiritual wonder of Kennin-ji and Ryoan-ji but but are very beautiful and calming nevertheless. And there are some extraordinary paintings, especially the outstanding dragon on foaming... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This place was way over priced and again way restrictive on photography. There really ain't much to see. I bought a double ticket to visit koudaiji and that's why I went. Don't make the same mistake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Extremely close to Kodaiji, Entokuin is one of the few temples in Kyoto built by a woman. It is quiet and peaceful. Perfect if you are looking for a place to sit down and relax (while admiring the garden). I love the painting of the white dragon and his cormorant followers (Hakuryu).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

It is a small temple but the traditional Japanese garden is very pretty. This garden is said to even prettier in autumn when the trees turn red. We went by a lovely spring day and loved it just as mucn!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

I visited here with my wife after visiting Kodaiji. At the entrance of this small shrine, we also found the board showing Tsujiri, which is famous green tea shop and restaurant in Kyoto. As a result, we found the Sanmen-Daikokuten, the Japanese god with three faces after having green tea in Tsujiri. This shrine is small but nice looking and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Worth the vist for the zen garden alone, lovely example of a peacefull garden area - the temple is nice to wander round and we bought a combined ticket for two temples which was 900 yen each

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

For a little peace & harmony & an insight into traditional Japan this temple is well worth a visit .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015 via mobile

This small temple is just steps away from Kodaiji Temple and it features a beautiful Zen garden as well as several impressive paintings by Hasegawa Touhaku. It doesnt take long to go through and one can buy a combo ticket with entrance to the museum and Kodaji Temple as well for 900yen per person. Recommendable. No photos allowed inside. One... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This place was a nice surprise. The place was built by a widow to mourn her husband....you can read and learn more about the story there. It's not a big area, but very nicely done. The gardens are very nice, lots of green and stone arrangements, a very calm and relaxing place. Inside there are some impressive paintings from the... More 

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