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Hokanji Temple Higashiyama Kyoto

Hokanji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda)

Hokanji Temple is a temple of the Rinzai sect known for its five-story pagoda called Yasaka-to (Important Cultural Property).

Hokanji Temple Higashiyama Kyoto

It is said to have a very old history and was founded by Prince Shotoku in the Asuka Period.

However, numerous disasters devastated most of the temple, and all that remains today is the five-story pagoda, which was rebuilt by Ashikaga Yoshinori in 1440.

Hokanji Temple Higashiyama Kyoto

From the upper floor of the pagoda, which is reached by a narrow staircase, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Higashiyama area.

Hokanji Temple Higashiyama Kyoto

Hokanji Temple Information

NameHokanji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda)
Closedunscheduled holiday (e.g. on a bank holiday)
FeeAdmission 400 yen (subject to change during special openings), junior high school students and younger are not allowed.
AddressHigashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

How To Get To Hokanji Temple

From JR Kyoto Station, take the 206 city bus for 13 minutes, get off at Higashiyama Yasui bus stop, and walk for 5 minutes. Or 15 min. walk from Gojo Station of Keihan Electric Railway.