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Bishamondo-Monzeki is a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. It is a historic old temple which shows its high status and rustic charm of the temple on a hillside. It worships Bishamonten as its principal image. Bishamondo is named af ter this deity.

Bishamondo was built by the order of Emperor Monmu in 703. At the beginning it was placed on Izumo Road, to the north of Kyoto Gosho, and initially called Izumoji Temple on Mt.Goho. After repeated wars, it was rebuilt in Yamashina-Anshu in 1665.

The principal image of Bishamonten was carved by Dengyo Daishi Saicho himself, the founder of Tendai sect,who founded Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei. It is said that the statue was made of the surplus wood after making the statue of Yakushi Nyorai in Enryakuji Temple Konponchudo Hall. Worshippers are said to be blessed with prosperous trade and safety of their family.

The halls in the temple are valuable architectural structures in the modern age in Japan. Many of them are designated as tangible cultural propert ies of Kyoto. The temple is located on the hillside overlooking Yamashina Basin, and its cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall are loved by local people in Kyoto.




March to Nov    
9:00 am〜4:30 pm
(Gates are closed at 5:00 pm)
Dec to Feb       
9:00 am〜4:00 pm
(Gates are closed at 4:30 pm)

ADMISSION FEE (Until the end of April)

Children(13-18 years old)
Children(7-12 years old)

500 yen
400 yen
300 yen

Children under 6 years old are admitted free of charge.

New pricing

Price revised from May
Until the end of April

Adults 700 yen
Adults 500 yen


18 Anshuinariyamacho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto, 607-8003, Japan

Nearest Transport :
20min walk from Yamashina Stat ion, JR and Tozai subway line or Keihan Yamashina Station, Keihan Keishin line.

Visitor Rules & Regulations.

No photography and no video inside the temples except the garden and the precincts.

No tripod or similar equipments for taking photograph or video in the precincts.

No selfie rod in the temples.

No foods and drinks in the precincts.

No smoking in the precincts.

Guide to the precincts

Shinden (the Emperor’s Residence)

Former residence of the Emperor Gosai in Kyoto Gosho was given to this his
sixth son, Cloistered Imperial Prince Koben, who relocated it temple in 1693.

Shinden Fusuma-e (the Sliding Screen Paintings of Shinden)

All of the 116 partition paint ings were painted by Surugadai School skill used here is called “Reverse Perspective Representation”, which tricks viewers into feeling as if they were standing at the center of all the paintings.

Chokushimon Gate (the Gate for the Imperial Envoys)

The main gate with cypress bark roof donated by the Emperor Gosai. It has been unopened except when the Emperor or his deputy visited or the inaugural ceremonies of the chief priests of this temple were held.

Shidare zakura (a Drooping Cherry-tree)

The large droonierry-tree reaching 30 meters in front of Shinden is over 150 years old. It reaches full bloom around April.

Bansuien Garden

A circuit style garden, in the Edo period. It’s an outstanding garden which has Kameishi(Tortoise stone), Chidoriishi(Plover stone), Zazenseki (Meditat ion stone) on the pond.

Reiden (the Mausoleum)

A statue of Amidanyorai is enshrined here with the successive portraits and memorial tablets around it. It was built by the third Cloistered Imperial Prince Koben in 1693.

Tenjo-ryu (The Dragon Paint ing on the Cei l ing)

The dragon is a guardian of Reiden painted by Eishuku Kano. The direction of its eyes and face appears to change when seen from different angles. This painting has a distinctive feature that the clouds in the four corners vary in color.

Hondo (the Main Hall)

It measures about 11 meters in width and about 9 meters in length. The single-story building with a hip-and-gable roof. The principal image is a statue of Bishamonten (usually withheld from public view) that was carved by Dengyo Daishi Saicho. He worshipped three times with every stroke on sculpturing the statue. Daisojo Kokai restored it following the wishes of his deceased Daisojo Tenkai.

Niomon Gate

It was rebuilt in 1665. It stands at the top of the steep stone-steps as the front gate to the main hall.