Shoren-in is a temple of Tendai
school of Buddhism introduced from China.
It is located just north of Chion-in temple.
This temple was founded in 1150 by Bifukumon'in, the empress of Emperor
The seventh son of Emperor Toba became a priest and entered this temple.
Since that, imperial family or relatives has been the chief priest of this temple.
When Kyoto Imperial Palace burst into flames in 1788, this temple was used as a temporary palace.
Most buildings in this temple were detsroyed by fire in 1893.
Current buildings were rebuilt after that.
The main buildings are Shinden, Kogosho, and Kachoden. These buildings are connected by corridors.
Shinden is the largest building in this temple and is used as the main
Kogosho was the building used as a temporary palace.
Kachoden is a guest house.
And there is a small main temple near Kogosho.
There are some beautiful Japanese gardens around these buildings.
This temple is like a residence rather than a Buddhist temple.
The admission fee is 500 yen.
Get off at Higashiyama station on Tozai Line. Then 8 minutes walk from there.
From Kyoto station, about 23
minutes to Chion-in mae stop, by bus with route No. 206.
Then about 10 minutes walk from there.
Kyoto Imperial Palace