Shinnyo-do Temple

Founded in 984 by the priest Kaisan during he Heian period, Shinnyo-do is located just north of Kyoto on Mount Yoshida. This Tendai temple is famous for fall colours, and their wooden Amida statue is only open to the public on November 15th, so autumn is the best season to visit.

Located in the historic preservation area of Yoshidayama, this temple has been connected since the 18th century with the powerful Mitsui family of industrialists, many of whom were buried here.

The grand and impressive main hall contains a large painting of the death of Buddha and his entry to nirvana, which is displayed annually from 15th to the end of March. The pleasant and spacious temple grounds contain a pretty pagoda and are famous for their brilliant autumn maple leaves. 

The temple garden incorporates a view of the Eastern Hills, a landscaping technique known as shakkei (borrowed scenery).

There is a good view of the city from the north end of the temple precincts; head to the left after entering.


Jodoji, Shinyo-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8414.
Tel: +81 075 771 0915 | Fax: +81 075 771 1823

By Train
Nearest Train Station: Marutamachi/ Keihan Line.

By Bus
Take the City Bus to "Shinnyodo-mae".

9:00am - 4:00pm daily.


General: 500 yen; High School Students: 400 yen; Junior High School Students: 300yen; Elementary School Students and under: free.