Kongoji Temple

Kongoji Temple 金剛寺

Kongoji Temple in the Okazaki museum district of Kyoto is a small Jodo-shu sect temple of Japanese Buddhism.

Kongoji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Kongoji Temple, Okazaki, Kyoto
Kongoji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Kongoji Temple, Kyoto

History of Kongoji Temple

Kongoji's founding is thought to have been by the priest Gyoki (668-749) during the Nara Period of the 8th century. The temple contained a wooden statue of the Amida Buddha, which was so badly damaged in the Onin War (1467-77) that only the head survived.

Later Kongoji was restored and the head of the statue was brought here at the beginning of the Edo Period in 1602. In 1713 the body of the statue was recarved. The Main Hall dates from 1730.

Kongoji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Kongoji Temple, Kyoto
Kongoji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Kongoji Temple, Okazaki, Kyoto

Kongoji Temple has a small, neat garden and is slightly hidden away in the back streets of the Okazaki area.

Very much a community temple, Kongoji stages a number of local events including "Taichi + Tea" and food festivals.

Kongoji Temple Access

Kongoji Temple
Goken-cho 124, Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto 605-0036
Tel: 075 771 2442
Hours: 9am-4.30pm
Admission: Free admission to the temple grounds.

Kongoji Temple is a few minutes walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Line of the Kyoto subway.

Nearby Kongoji Temple

Kongoji Temple is close to Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the Hosomi Museum, Heian Shrine, the Kampo Museum, the Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater, the Namikawa Cloisonné Museum of Kyoto, Rohm Theater, Kyoto Zoo and the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts in the basement of the Miyako Messe.

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