Genko-an

Genko-an

The most well known features of Genkouan (源光庵) are two windows in the main hall that look out onto a less orderly, but no less inspiring, garden of flowering trees and stone lanterns. One window is square, representing four human afflictions: life, old age, illness, and death. The other is round, representing Zen awakening.

Turn away from these windows and walk over to the opposite wall. Just to the right of the center of the ceiling is a very clear footprint.

Genkoan Temple, Kyoto.
Genkoan Temple, Takagamine, Kyoto.

Genkoan Temple, Kyoto

Genkoan Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Genkoan Temple, Kyoto
Genkoan Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
Genkoan Temple, Kyoto

Genko-an
47 Kita-Takagamine-cho, Takagamine
Kita-ku, Kyoto
Tel: 075 492 185
Hours: 9am-5pm
Admission: 400 yen

Genko-an is a 1-minute walk from the Takagamine Genko-an-mae bus stop reached by Kyoto buses #北1 from Kitaoji Bus Terminal and #6 from Nijo Station and Shijo Omiya.

Text and Photos by Alan Wiren
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