Kozan-ji is an ancient temple said to have been established in the 8th century. It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. The temple was restored in the 12th century by the high priest Myoe. At that time, the residence of a member of the Imperial family was moved here as Sekisui-in, which is designated as a National Treasure. In the spacious precinct of Kozan-ji is the Butto (a pagoda built for the purpose of Buddhist worship), designated as an Important Cultural Property. The precinct also contains the oldest tea field in Japan, which is believed to have been first planted by Myoe. Among the treasures housed here is the Choju-Jinbutsu-giga, a set of four picture scrolls (a form of ancient Japanese scroll painting) dating from around the 10th and 11th centuries. This set of picture scrolls is designated as a National Treasure. The original is currently stored in Tokyo National Museum. On exhibit at Sekisui-in are precise replicas of the original.
Address: Toganoo-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free in the temple precincts (except during the autumn leaf season) Sekisui-in: 600 yen (regular fee)
[Bus]Toganoo-cho, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto