Senbon Shakado (Daihoonji) Temple

Established in the Kamakura period, this temple is the oldest building in Kyoto. Many come here to eat their 'daikon' radish on December 7-8th, which is believed to ward off evil.

<< The main hall of Senbon Shakado

Built in 1227, the main hall of Senbon Shakado is the oldest structure in Kyoto. In addition to the rarely-shown Shaka Nyorai in the main hall, the treasure house contains statues of the infant Shaka (tanjo butsu), the Ten Great Disciples, Jizo, Fu Daishi, and six sublime Kannon statues carved by Tankei.

There isn't much to see in the temple grounds except a shrine to Okame, worshipped by carpenters and people in the construction business. Okame was the wife of the master carpenter who built the temple's main hall. After he had made a mistake in the construction, his wife came up with a solution and then later committed suicide fearing that her husband would lose face if anyone found out about it.


1305 Mizomae, Hichihonmatsu-dori Imadegawa-agaru, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto City.
Tel: 075-461-5973

By Bus
City Bus to "Kamishichiken".

9:00am - 5:00pm.

General: 500 yen; University Students and Senior High School Students 400yen; Elementary and Junior High School Student: 300 yen.