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Temples for the Rainy Season

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During the rainy season, the moss and stone pathways of the temple gardens glisten lightly, and on clear days, exhibit a peculiar beauty. If you listen carefully to the sound of the rain gently pouring on a quiet temple, your heart will also feel purified.

(About 5 hours)

1. Jojakko-ji Temple →10:00 -11:00

This quiet temple was named after the Buddhist ideal of "Jyakkodo". If you visit during this season, it would make the best time to enjoy the stillness of the complex.

Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (No admission after 16:30)
Address:3 Oguracho, Ogurayama, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access:15-min walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line
Entrance fees:400 yen

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2. Giou-ji Temple→11:30 - 12:20

At the end of the Heian Period, this temple became the home of a woman, who had lost the affections of the newly empowered general Kiyomori Taira (1118-1181), and fled to Giou-ji to become a nun. Though compact, the temple possesses a truly captivating moss garden. After a rainfall, when the garden moss shimmers with droplets, the grounds become a perfect scene of grace and elegance. 

Hours:9:00 to 17:00  (No admission after 16:30)
Address:32 Kozaka Toriimoto Saga Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access:15 min walk from Saga shakado mae city bus stop
Entrance fees: Adults: 300 yen (600 yen for a joint pass with Daikaku-ji Temple) Elementary School Students: 100 yen


3. Daikaku-ji Temple→14:00  - 15:00

This temple is situated on the northern end of the Teramachi arcade and is famous for being the site where, during the Warring States period (1467 - 1568), military commander Oda Nobunaga went forth to meet his death.

Hours:9:00 to 16:30
Address:4 Osawacho Saga Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access:A short walk from City Bus Stop Dikaku-ji 
Entrance fees: 500 yen (600 yen for joint pass with Giou-ji Temple)
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