Temples & Shrines: Rozanji Temple
Rozanji Temple 蘆山寺
Rozanji (Rozan Tendaikoji) Temple is located on the east side of Kyoto's Imperial Palace (Gosho), opposite Nashinoki Shrine, a short walk from Demachiyanagi Station and the junction of Kawaramachi and Imadegawa streets.
The Enjo sect temple grounds are associated with Murasaki Shikibu (973-c. 1014 or 1025), the author of the Diary of Lady Murasaki and The Tale of Genji. Her father Fujiwara Kanesuke, a court official, built his mansion where the present-day temple is now located. It is thought that Murasaki Shikibu wrote her great works on this very spot and a memorial stone to her stands in front of the temple.
The main hall at Rozanji Temple, a short walk from the east side of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto
Rozanji Temple stages an annual Devil's Dance at Setsubun
The original Rozanji Temple was first built in 938 in the north of Kyoto near Mount Funaoka and was moved to where it stands today in the late 16th century. The present temple buildings date from the 1780s. The temple has maintained a close relationship with the imperial family since it was first established and the Emperor Kyoko, the father of Emperor Kokaku, is buried in the temple grounds as well as a number of princes and princesses.
The temple is known for its colorful, setsubun Devils' Dance (oni no odori) festival held annually on February 3rd.
Rozanji Temple is also worth a visit for its moss and stone garden and fall colors.
Rozanji is a short walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line or take a Kyoto bus #1, #3, #4, #17, #37, #59 or #205 to the Furitsubyoin-mae (Prefectural Hospital) stop on Karawamachi, from where it is a short walk.
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