５ Umegahata Takaocho, Kyoto, Japan
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Jingo-ji Temple Kyoto Reviews
Beautiful temples in nice autumn colours Nov 28, 2013
The Jingo-ji temple is located in Takao, a small town north west of Kyoto. It's a mountain temple, which sits on top of a long flight of stairs above the Kiyotaki-gawa (river).
The temple was founded in 781 and is one of the main temples in the Koyasan Shingon sect of Buddhism today. Kukai, the founder of the Shingon sect, served as head priest there. The buildings of Jingo-ji has been destroyed by fire and war and gradually declined until they were restored to prosperity in the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (one of the most significant shoguns in Japanese history).
After you have toured the temple complex don't forget to walk to the look out point, where there is a great view of the valley. Don't be surprised if you see people throwing small clay disks with inscriptions over the railing. This is done for good luck. If you do it right (flick the disk like a Frisbee), they will sail all the way down the valley, taking the bad karma away with them. It can get addictive. 100 yen for two.
To get there take the JR bus from Kyoto station to the Yamashiro-Takao bus stop. The journey takes about 55 minutes and costs 500 yen. It's covered by the JR Pass. It's not really far, but the bus has hundreds of stops. When you get off the bus, walk down to the river, cross the bridge and then walk up a steep flight of stone stairs to the temple.
Entrance is 500 yen. Ask for a leaflet in English or you can rent an audio guide (English and Japanese) for 500 yen. Opening hours are 9 am - 5 pm.
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