The temple of Jojakko-ji is situated on the side of a mountain and was established at the end of the 16th century. It is famous for its autumn leaves. The steep stairway upwards from the thatched Nio-mon (a gate with Buddhist statues standing at either side) leads to the main hall which enshrines a Buddhist image, the Myoken-do, and the Taho-to pagoda (which enshrines, among other things, the Buddha). These buildings face the mountains. The pagoda, which is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property, is a relatively new structure constructed in the 17th century. It is built, however, in the gorgeous 16th-century Momoyama style. This pagoda affords a spectacular view of the city of Kyoto. On exhibit at the Kadokura historical museum, located on the left side of the main gate to the temple, are ancient documents and personal effects of the Kadokura, a family of wealthy merchants who had a close connection with Jojakko-ji.
Address: 3 Saga-Ogurayama-Ogura-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 400 yen (regular fee)
[Rail]JR Kyoto Stn./JR Sagano Line/16-min. ride/Saga-Arashiyama Stn./15-min. walk