Hokyo-ji Temple Monzeki

A garden to be enjoyed along with other exhibits in a temple that Imperial princesses lived and played in

Dainty dolls connected to the Imperial family

Founded by Princess Karin-no-miya-egon, who became a Buddhist nun back in the Nanboku-cho period (1336~1392), this temple served as a nunnery for generations of Imperial princesses. Due to this regal connection, the temple is also known by the name Dodo-gosho (Dodo Palace) and has a vast collection of hina dolls and hina furnishings that have come from the Imperial household. Thus, with time, it became known as a “doll temple”, attracting many people who wish to hold memorial services for dolls and dedicate their dolls to the temple.
Although, doll exhibitions are limited to spring and autumn each year, the main hall is designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by Kyoto City and other exhibits include an Amida Nyorai statue carved by Emperor Kokaku, a statue of Machiko Hino, the wife of Yoshimasa Ashikaga (Muromachi shogun) and the Tsurukame-no-niwa (Garden of Cranes and Turtles) that his home to a Japanese maple (momoji) that is the pride and joy of the local community.



Who married Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (a resident at the temple in childhood)?

Address 547 Dodo-cho Teranouchi-dori Horikawa-higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku
TEL 075-451-1550
FAX 075-451-1550
Hours 10:00~16:00 (entry by 15:30), only open between 1/3-3/4 and 1/11-30/11
Closed Open daily
Adm Adults ¥600, Elementary and junior high school students ¥300
Access A 1-min walk from Horikawa-Teranouchi Stop of City Bus

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