Apr/15 - Jun/30, 2019 Spring Special Viewing of the Rurikoin Temple 3.9
from 4/15 '19 to 6/30 '19
Rurikoin Temple is the quiet temple situated in Yase, at the foot of Mount Hiei in Kyoto. Yase is located northeast of the downtown, about 1 hour away from Kyoto Station.
Rurikoin Temple used to not open to the public, but now is exhibited only twice a year, in spring and autumn.
The temple has three differrent types of Japanese-style Gardens such as Ruri-no-niwa, the tea house called Kiraku-tei, and Japanese style steam bath.
Rurikoin Temple is famous for its scenic beauty of maple leaves, planted hundreds maple trees in the temple. Especially, green new leaves in spring and red and yellow leaves in autumn are breathtaking. In spring, the green outside reflected on the floor is beautiful.
Address: 55, Kamitakanohigashiyama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Dates: April 15 (Mon) - June 30 (Sun)
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Admission: 2,000 yen
Access: From Demachi-yanagi Station,get on Eizan Electric Railway(for Yase-Hieizanguchi) to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station.It takes 5 minutes on foot from the station. From Kokusaikaikan Station,get on Kyoto Bus(for Ohara,Kodeishi) to Yaseekimae.It takes 7 minutes on foot from the bus stop.
*Please check the official website for the latest information.
Airport/Sta.Yase-hieizanguchi sta. (about 200m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a week ago
Beautiful and scenic temple. I think it'd be wonderful to see it in the fall, but just the greenery in itself is beautiful enough.
1.03 weeks ago
I should have listened to the other poor reviews. I went there with no queue but I would still rate this place a single star. This is by far the biggest tourist trap in Kyoto. The building is 90 years old and was a hotel for most of its life until 30 years ago when it became a temple. You get about 5 rooms which can be seen in 15 mins. The rooms are fairly bland but the views of the garden very nice however you are not allowed into the garden and you only have access to about five rooms of the so-called temple. You are instructed to take photo using the black lacquered table in the middle of the room. If your a tourist that’s a sheep go there. However there are so many amazing places in Kyoto and gardens you go for free or places that cost a reasonable 200 to 400 yen. I can’t believe they can justify a ridiculous fee for what it is.
2.0a month ago
Entrance fee is JPY 2000 per person, which is more expensive than any other temples or shrines in Kyoto. The actual garden and temple is quite small, though the design of the garden is special. What’s very annoying is that there is a queue at the main gate and we waited 30min just to get the tickets. The view in summer is just all green (probably better to come in autumn). This place was on my bucket list and now as I ticked the box, won’t come back here again.
5.06 months ago
Small but really beautiful traditional building/temple in the woods. There’s usually a line in the fall season but we went on a rainy day and there was no wait to get in. The views were still spectacular. Price was a bit steep (2000 yen for adults) but worth it for the pretty foliage pictures.
5.03 weeks ago
A good and quiet place!!Very nice and comfortable~