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This old temple, Hokan-ji, is famous for its five-storied pagoda. The pagoda is known as Yasaka no To (Yasaka Pagoda), and it is indispensable to the scenery of Kyoto. It is situated at the end of the slope of Sannenzaka from Kiyomizu-dera. The view from Higashi-oji Street going up the slope to the east is picturesque and a very famous landmark in Kyoto. This area is very popular with foreign tourists for its typical scenery of Kyoto. This is the only Important Cultural Property designated pagoda in Japan that you can tour the interior of. But there is no set schedule for public tours. It used to be part of a large temple complex, but now only the pagoda, Yakushi-do hall, Taishi-do hall and its precinct remain in a small area surrounded by houses.
- 388 Yasaka Kamimachi, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Contact No.
- 13-min bus ride on Kyoto City Bus, Route 206 from JR Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui. 5-min walk from the bus stop. Or 15-min walk from Kiyomizu-GoJo Station on Keihan Line.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Not available
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission: 400 yen (may change depending on special openings)
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Symbol of Gion: Yasaka Pagoda
The pagoda is known as Yasaka no To, and it is a landmark of the Gion district. The pagoda is very famous yet most people don't know the actual name of the temple which is Hokan-ji. The historical pagoda is in harmony with the old town of Kyoto. You don't want to miss this beautiful view when you visit Kyoto.
Important Cultural Property You Can Tour Inside
This five-storied pagoda is designated as an Important Cultural Property. This is the only one of its kind in Japan that visitors can see the inside of. It is open on an irregular basis, so if you are fortunate enough, you will see the four Buddhist statues of Gochi Nyorai Zazo that surround the central column and their Shumidan Dais (platforms on which they are seated) as well as the ornate interior of the pagoda.
The Pagoda Creates the View
The pagoda is about 46 m tall, and it can be seen from various places in the area including Kodai-ji near Kiyomizu-dera. The view of the pagoda with the surrounding area is beautiful day or night and especially so with a snow-covered backdrop. You will find a typically Kyoto scene from this viewing point. Many visitors wearing kimonos take photos with the five-storied pagoda in the background.