「I want to know some info on Kyoto’s power spot: Rokkakudō Temple!」
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What we, the information brokers of Japan, would like to introduce to you in this article is a famously known power in Kyoto called Rokkakudō Temple!
Now let’s get right into it!
What Kind Of Place Is Rokkakudō Temple?
If you want to go to a power spot then the Rokkakudō Temple is perfect as it is around 15 minutes from the Shijo Kawaramachi Station and around 3 minutes from the Karasuma Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway, both by foot.
The official name of the Rokkakudō Temple is Chōhō-ji and it is a stand alone temple of Tendaikei.
The reason for the alias is because the main hall is in the shape of a hexagon or in Japanese, a “rokkakukei”.
After the Ōnin War during the Muromachi period, Kyoto was split into upper Kyoto and lower Kyoto with the Rokkakudō Temple serving as the town temple of lower Kyoto.
Furthermore, the lottery ceremony to decide the visiting order of the Yamaboko during the Gion Festival was held there up until the Edo period.
Due to this history, it is located in the heart of Kyoto and its existence as a power spot strengthened.
Further info states that is it the 18th bill office in the 33 Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.
It was established by Prince Shōtoku and many people from across the country come to visit.
You can also receive a Goshuin from the temple office, so why not get one in commemoration?
The Charm of Rokkakudō Temple!
Among its many charms, a very noticeable one would be its hexagonal shape.
The six sides are supposed to mean the six senses and the six wants that come from them. They are supposed to signify a wish of becoming at peace with ones self by throwing away these wants and becoming peaceful.
This temple is so old, it is said to have been built by Prince Shōtoku.
As such there is a Taishi Hall to revere Prince Shōtoku. There is also a statue of him and another statue of him riding a horse so you will be able to get a good feel for Prince Shōtoku.
Rokkakudō Temple is famously known as the origin place of Ikebana.
Priests called Ikenobo, who are also descendants of Ono-no-Imoko, live there and have served as chief priests for genreations.
Today’s Ikenobo, a style of Ikebana, starts off by offering a wife in front of the Buddha.
There is an in-house dojo where they hold the Hatsuike Ceremony during the new years. They also hold exhibitions depending on the season.
There is a document center in the precinct as well so you will be able to easily learn the history of the Rokkakudō Temple and Ikebana.
Even those who aren’t well versed in Ikebana and those who learn a different style of Ikebana will be able to have a nice experience.
Be sure to make reservations by phone or mail before visiting!
Info On Their Omamori And Souvenir
Before visiting the Rokkakudō Temple, it is good to know some info about the Omamoro and souvenirs there!
If you wish for success from the bottom of your heart, write it down on paper, and put it inside a pigeon ornament, then your wish is said to come true.
They have cutely shaped pigeon ornaments for you to enjoy your time while wishing from the bottom of your heart.
They even sell Love Omikuji as the temple is also a matchmaking temple.
It is very popular among those who wish for good connections.
If you get tired from walking around the premise, we recommend the Omatcha and Hesoseki mochi set and the teahouse.
You will also fondly remember the confectionery that is the hexagon shaped Heso mochi as it tastes great!
For the souvenirs that you get to take home, there is the Uji matcha flavored Chocolate Sandwich Cookie that you can only get at this temple!
A List Of Basic Info
There is no entrance fee, but be careful as it is closed during holidays like the weekends, public holidays, new years, and Obon.
No matter what time of the year you decide to visit the temple, it still holds the atmosphere of a power spot in Kyoto.
Throughout the year, they hold many events. You will also be able to flower arrangement exhibitions during spring and fall.
The flower arrangements that you will see at this birthplace of Ikebana is amazing. You will also be able to spend your time well if you check for the opening times before going as you will be able to see many different flower arrangements at once.
The visiting hours are from 6 am to 5 pm and the sutra offering times are from 8 am to 5 pm.
We recommend here as you can visit for free and leisurely walk around the premise and enjoy its many charms.
- Entrance Fee：Free
- Visiting Hours：6:00～17:00
- Sutra Offering Hours：8:00～17:00
- Holidays：Weekends・Public Holidays・New Years・Obon