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With its stunning architecture, lush gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding area, Jojakko-ji is a must-see destination for history buffs.

By Abhijit Sen

Arashiyama is a charming and picturesque district of Kyoto; among the many notable attractions in the area, there is one hidden gem that often goes unnoticed by visitors, Jojakko-ji. This exquisite 16th-century Nichiren temple is located at the foot of Mount Ogura, on the western side of Kyoto. It offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation and reflection.

Seasonal Color


Photo by: PIXTA/denkei The temple boasts over 200 maple trees and the terrain is adorned with lush moss.

The vicinity surrounding the temple boasts over 200 maple trees, and the terrain is adorned with lush moss that heightens the area’s aesthetic appeal and tranquility. The vivid display of autumn colors adds to the allure of the place, creating a unique and distinguished atmosphere for every visitor. The most remarkable aspect of this temple is that it offers a place of serene beauty throughout the year. From the delicate cherry blossoms of spring to the verdant moss during the rainy season, to the lush greenery of early summer, to the breathtaking snowscape of winter, and, of course, the colorful display of autumn, this temple caters to the preferences of all visitors.

Tranquility in a Serene Ambiance


Photo by: PIXTA/ kazukiatuko The pagoda is a two-story structure with a unique design and is a popular spot for visitors to take photos.

This ‘temple with no walls’ is divided into three sections. The first section is the entrance area, which includes some of the most notable attractions of the temple. The Sanmon, or the main gate, is a massive wooden structure that welcomes visitors into the temple. The exhibition hall is located nearby, and then comes the Neomon Gate, which is the oldest building on the temple premises and is a seven-foot-tall, thatched roof gate. It was created by Unkei, one of the greatest Japanese wood sculptors.

The second section of the temple is reached by a long staircase leading up to the main temple premises. Here, visitors can find the Myoken-do worship hall, which is dedicated to the god of the North Star. The main hall is the most important building of the temple and enshrines a Buddhist image. The entire path from the main gate to the end is surrounded by various trees, including cherry blossoms and maple trees, and the experience of walking amidst them is truly mesmerizing.

Finally, the path leads to the Tahoto Pagoda. The pagoda is a two-story structure with a unique design and is a popular spot for visitors to take photos. From this area, visitors can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Arashiyama. This temple is also classified as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, and its historical and cultural significance makes it a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Kyoto.

Things To Know

Other places of interest

Nisonin Temple

Nison-in Temple is an ancient temple that is situated near Jojakkoji and is another notable location for anyone who wants to experience the charm of autumn colors and stunning landscapes. This temple has been renowned for its picturesque beauty for over 1200 years. The temple boasts a serene atmosphere that transports visitors to a different world altogether, making it an ideal place for meditation and relaxation. 

Hours and fees

Admission is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.) and admission is ¥500.

How To Get There


By train

To reach the temple, it is a 15-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama station. Alternatively, you can take a walk of about 35 minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama station or 20 minutes from Keifuku Arashiyama station. 

Where To Stay

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