Kyoto – Place of Hidden Flowers, Yoshimine-dera

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Founded in 1029, Yoshimine-dera is the 20th temple on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage. Thanks to its location in the mountains, you can see areas of Kyoto and Mt. Hiei from various parts of the temple.

With cherry blossoms and hydrangea in the spring, and beautiful colored leaves in the fall, you can enjoy colorful flowers and trees year-round at Yoshimine-dera.

Yoshimine-dera is far from Kyoto Station, and busses run to the temple once every hour. Part of the temple’s appeal is its low number of tourists.

#1 Go to see Eastern gate, Main temple gate, Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage

Eastern gate

Main temple gate parking lot
Main temple gate parking lot

The view of the entire mountain covered with colorful autumn leaves is a breathtaking sight!。

Eastern gate
Eastern gate

Entry onto the temple’s grounds from the parking lot.
The autumn leaves look like they’ve sprung forth from a painting.

Eastern gate
Eastern gate
Eastern gate
Eastern gate
Eastern gate
Eastern gate

Main temple gate

Founded in 1029, Yoshimine-dera is the 20th temple on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage.

This is the temple’s entrance. The admission fee is 500 yen.

Main temple gate
Main temple gate
Main temple gate
Main temple gate

This hall was built in 1716. The guardian god watching over the temple’s gate is said to grant luck and happiness.

Yoshimine-dera
Yoshimine-dera
Yoshimine-dera
Yoshimine-dera

20th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage, Kannondou

The object of worship at Yoshimine-dera, a statue of the Thousand-Armed Kannon, is enshrined in Kannondou.

20th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage
20th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage
20th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage
20th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage

Water-offering well

Water-offering well
Water-offering well

This well draws pure water to offer to the Buddha. It is said that drinking this water grants longevity.

continued along the temple’s path.
continued along the temple’s path.