World Heritage Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

J. Kozan-ji
The graceful building which harmonize with the natural scenery
Establishment: The begining of the 13th century (1206)
 Kozan-ji was established at the begining of the 13th century, when the monk Myoe restored a temple originally built in 774 and renamed it Kozan-ji. At the time of its restoration, the temple comprised a number of buildings, including the Kondo, the Amidado, the Jusannoto (thirteen-storied pagoda) and the Tozai-kyozo (Tozai sutra repository). Kozan-ji fell into decline during the military upheavals of the middle ages, but was restored in 1634, with the advent of the Edo Period.
 The Sekisui-in is the only surviving structure that dates from Myoe's time. Architectural techniques such as sugaru-hahu gables (leaning form) and various details of design represent the architecture of the Kamakura Period. Because it harmonizes with its natural surroudings, the Sekisui-in instills in the visitors relief, and which is a good example of an interesting aspect of Japanese culture.
 Other buildings in the inner part of the temple include the Hokyoin-to and Nyohokyo-to stone pagodas.

Photo by Kanzaki Junichi

Map of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto"

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