Kaiko-ji Temple

Kaiko-ji Temple
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Page last updated: Sep, 01, 2021
TOURIST Guide editing dept.
Peter von Gomm

If you include the 5.4 meter tall pedestal and back portion of the statue, the Buddha statue at Kaiko-ji Temple stands about 10 meters tall, making it the largest Buddha statue in Kyoto.
Said to have been created by the father and son team of Unkei and Tankei, this Buddha is known as “jorokusan” and is a famous representation of Guatama Buddha. It is said that the marks on his throat are blood from when Emperor Go-Mizunoo was the target of an assassination attempt, and Guatama Buddha took his place and saved his life.
If you wish to pray about avoiding catastrophe, an illness, or injury to the head, this is the place to do so.
Kaiko-ji Temple is also a place of worship for Monju Bosatsu (Bodhisattva), famous for a proverb meaning “two heads are better than one,” as well as the Buddhist image Senzan Yuzu Benzaiten, which is only shown to the public twice a year. Elsewhere inside the grounds you can find the resting places for three members of the Imperial Palace who were killed in the Aburanokoji Incident in an attack involving the Shinsengumi.

Information of Spot Detail


29 Sennyu-ji Yamanouchi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Telephone Number


Spot Types

Temples/shrines ,Importantcultural property

Business Hours

9:00 to 17:00

Regular Holiday



[Special Interior Visit Fee] 500 yen


10-minute taxi ride from JR Kyoto Station
25-minute bus ride on the city bus from JR Kyoto Station, 7-minute walk from the Sennyu-ji Michi bus stop
10-minute walk from JR Tofuku-ji Station
18-minute bus ride on the city bus from Keihan Gion Shijo Station, 7-minute walk from Sennyu-ji Michi bus stop

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