Mitera Sennyu-ji Temple

Mitera Sennyu-ji Temple
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Page last updated: Jan, 17, 2023
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Peter von Gomm

Sennyu-ji Temple has deep connections to the Imperial household. The name means temple of the flowing water, which comes from a tale about a clear spring bubbling from the corner of the land on which the temple is built.
As one of the top 66 places to see fall colors in Kyoto, this famous temple is visited by many people in the fall. Gozasho Garden is the perfect place to enjoy the fall colors.
Gozasho Garden houses the relocated empress’s residence from the old imperial palace in Kyoto, and it even has a maternity room. Today the Imperial household still uses the site as a vacation spot, and Emperor Showa enjoyed Japanese waka poetry here. If you pass through the large gate and look back to the left, you will see a Kannon temple with a Buddha statue of Yang Guifei, one of the three beauties of the ancient world, making this a popular site for women to visit with prayers regarding beauty. While the site is popular among women praying for beauty, safe childbirth, marriage, and so forth, the vibrant coral coloring of the statue is well preserved, and its beautiful appearance is a must see for men as well.
In addition to the Tsukinowa no Misasagi Mausoleum where many Emperors rest, you can also see Sennyu-ji Palace and a monument for Sei Shonagon, making this a great place to walk around as you view the fall colors.

Information of Spot Detail


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

Telephone Number


Spot Types

Importantcultural property ,Temples/shrines,Spiritual sites,Attractions

Business Hours

March to November: 9:00 to 16:30 (gate closes at 17:00)
December to February: 9:00 to 16:00 (gate closes at 16:30)

Regular Holiday



Adults: 500 yen; Children (under middle school): 300 yen
[Special viewing of the Gozasho] Adults: 300 yen, Younger than elementary school (requires guardian): Free


20-minute walk from Keihan Tofuku-ji Station and JR Tofuku-ji Station
10-minute taxi ride from JR Kyoto Station
25-minute bus ride on the city bus from JR Kyoto Station, 15-minute walk from the Sennyu-ji Michi bus stop
18-minute bus ride on the city bus from Keihan Gion Shijo Station, 15-minute walk from Sennyu-ji Michi bus stop

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