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Sennyu-ji Temple Museum Shinsho-den

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The second room of the museum showing exhibits - such as portraits, folding screens, ink stone case, cosmetic utensils - connected to successive Imperial households

Treasures connected to the Imperial family also kept here

Upon returning from China, the head monk Shunjo rebuilt the temple in 1226, giving it the name “Sennyu” (gushing fountain) because there is a clear spring in a corner of the temple grounds. And, starting with Emperor Shijo in 1242, many Emperors have been buried here, garnering the temple with added religious kudos as an imperial cemetery.
Temple treasures include the National Treasure “Kanenso” (a scroll soliciting donations) written by Shunjo when founding the temple and many other works that are Important National, Prefectural or City Cultural Properties as well as portraits of and personal effects of the emperors across history who have been buried at the temple. And, as the temple has so many important treasures, the museum Shinsho-den was established to house, maintain and display them. In the first room, there are planned exhibitions about the history of Sennyu-ji Temple and Buddhism. While the second room is used for planned exhibitions of exhibits related to the Imperial family. Both rooms hold three exhibitions annually.

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photoInk stone and case used by Emperor Reigen

Ink stone and case used by Emperor Reigen

Address 27 Sennyuji Yamanouchi-cho Higashiyama-ku
TEL 075-561-1551
FAX 075-551-2788
URL http://www.mitera.org/
Hours 9:00~17:00 (entry by 16:30), (entry by 16:00 from Dec to Feb)
Closed 4th Mon every month, 1st Jan, 2nd Mon in Jan
Adm Shinsho-den: Adults ¥500, Elementary and junior high school students ¥300
Access A 7-min walk from Sennyuji-michi Stop of City Bus
Parking Available (Free)

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