Bishamon-do Temple is another quaint structure in Kyoto that is most visited during spring and fall seasons. It is a secret gem among the popular destinations in Kyoto.
It is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto, which was established on 703 and moved on the hillside near JR Yamashina Station, where it is situated today. It is one of the temples that has connections with the Imperial Family.
The principal deity of this temple is Bishamon-ten, one of the Four Guardian Kings.
What makes it well-loved destination? The fall colors scatter as the maple leaves rest in the temple pathway. Its quietness is a subtle warning that you are entering a sacred place. It is also a home for the famous 150-year old "weeping cherry tree". The temple hall is stunning as well. One may also visit the pond garden at the back of the temple.
The temple is 1 km away from Yamashina Station (one station ahead from Kyoto Station). From there, you can walk or you can hire a taxi to get to the temple.
The temple is open from 8:30-17:00 daily.
Bishamodo holds annual light-up at night when the maple trees turn into red. On New Year’s Eve, the general public is invited to ring the temple bell from 11:45 pm.
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