Konzoji Temple - A Scenic Location in Kyoto in 4K
This video, titled "[4K] Concept of OKU, KONZO-JI Temple of Kyoto" ([4K] Concept of OKU, KONZO-JI Temple of Kyoto ”奥” 金蔵寺 京都の寺), was uploaded by "Yurara Sarara," a channel that introduces Japanese culture through video.
It introduces Konzoji Temple located in Oshioyama, Kyoto.
Kyoto's Konzoji Temple, shown in the video, was built during Japan's Nara period (710-794 AD) as a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism.
Later, it was destroyed by fire during the Onin War, but was rebuilt by Keishoin, the mother of the 5th Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, during the Edo period (1603-1868 AD).
Enjoy the beautiful appearance of the temple in this short, 4K video.
Konzoji – A Mountain Temple Full of Beauty
Photo：Beautiful greenery at Konzoji Temple, Kyoto
Konzoji Temple is located in the Rakusai area of Kyoto, on the hillside of Mt. Oshio, a mountain with an elevation of 642m.
During the Heian period (794-1185 AD), it was called "Iwakura of the West" and is said to have been revered by people.
One of the best places to visit in Konzoji Temple is the 12-meter-tall "San no Taki" (産の滝), a waterfall that can be seen at 1:13 in the video.
The name "San no Taki" (産の滝: lit. "waterfall of birth") comes from the fact that Mukojin, the deity of Muko Shrine, was born near this waterfall.
The next thing to see at Konzoji Temple is the many halls on the temple grounds.
The main hall of Konzoji Temple was reconstructed during the Edo period (1603-1868) by Keishoin and houses the eleven-faced thousand-armed Kannon statue, the principal deity of the temple.
The Kaizando Hall is a magnificent hall made of all-cypress and enshrines successive generations of priests including Zen Master Takatoyo, the founder of Konzoji Temple.
Behind the main hall of Konzoji Temple, there's the Atago Gongen Hall, which enshrines Atago Gongen, and houses a statue of the Jogun Jizo (勝軍地蔵), a jizo said to be able to defeat an army.
The statue of the Jogun Jizo is enshrined in this hall, which is open only during the Buddhist memorial service held on April 23 every year.
Furthermore, Konzoji Temple has an observatory, and if you head east from Shimonogawa Benzaiten (下の川弁財天, a small shrine), you can enjoy an observatory with a panoramic view of Kyoto City.
We recommend checking out the view when visiting the temple.
Konzoji Temple - A Hidden Gem for Enjoying Autumn Leaves!
Photo：Autumn leaves at Konzoji Temple, Kyoto
Konzoji Temple is rarely visited by people, and the people you do see there are usually those who enjoy hiking.
However, in early summer, there is a lot of greenery and it is a very pleasant spot to take a leisurely tour of the temple grounds.
Konzoji is also known for the beauty of the green maple leaves, and it is the perfect place to experience the nature of Japan.
Konzoji Temple also takes on a new appearance during the autumn months.
The beautiful autumn colors that can be seen here have turned the temple into a hidden gem for viewing the breathtaking foliage of the season.
Because it's located on the mountainside, the temperature varies greatly between morning and evening, and it's a great place to enjoy the spectacular autumn leaves.
In particular, the path from Nio-mon Gate to the main hall is surrounded by autumn leaves creating a sort of tunnel of foliage, and is famous locally for its eye-catching beauty.
Konzoji Temple is a tourist spot where you can enjoy beautiful greenery in the summer and orange and red autumn leaves in the fall.
There is a parking lot you can use when accessing Konzoji Temple via car, but please note that there are some steep roads.
When coming by bus, it's about an hour on foot as the nearest bus stop is quite far.
That being said, if you're looking to get some hiking or exercise in, or just want to explore something new, this is definitely a place to check out.
Summary of Kyoto's Beautiful Konzoji Temple
As introduced in this article, Konzoji Temple is a place where you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Japan.
In addition, many Shigaraki ware tanuki (raccoon dogs) figures can be found in the area, and the figure of a tanuki enjoying sake is becoming popular as an Instagram icon.
The quaint appearance of the halls standing amongst the green maples expresses the beauty of Japan.
In autumn, these trees turn breathtaking shades of red and orange, and visitors can enjoy the natural beauty created by the autumn leaves.
Consider visiting Konzoji Temple, a place where you can enjoy the beauty of Japan in each of the four seasons!