Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Just north of Arashiyama’s bamboo grove are three temples that are built on forested hills. I visited all three of them, starting with Jojakkoji Temple.

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Japan Kyoto Arashiyama Jojakkoji Temple

Originally founded in 1596, Jojakkoji Temple is a peaceful getaway from the nearby crowds that surge through other parts of Arashiyama. There’s a nice balance of trees, moss, and bamboo across the temple grounds and Jojakkoji’s buildings blend harmoniously with the scenery around them. Further up the slope you can find a pagoda that dates back to 1620 and there’s also a spot on the hill where you can get a view over the trees and down onto the city.

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