Nishihonganji, Awashimado ~Near Kyoto Station~

At the north of Kyoto station, there is a temple called Honganji, the temple of Jodoshinshu. Jodoshinshu is one of the biggest school of buddhism in Japan which created by Shinran (1173-1263) during the middle of Kamakura period.

  Nishihonganji

Nishihonganji

There are two places that you can find Honganji, the west one is called Nishihonganji and the east one is called Higashihonganji. At the temple, please wash your hands first at the water place and enter Amidado, and introduce yourself to Amidanyorai (the main god of this temple). Amidado of Nishihonganji is a national treasure.

Nihsihonganji used to be a place where Shinsengumi (1863-1869), the peacekeepers of Kyoto and servants of Shogun, lived and trained themselves.

 The statue of  Shinsengumi

The statue of Shinsengumi

After staying at Nishihonganji, Shinsengumi moved to the village called Fudodo, the southern place of the temple. You can still see several monuments that tells they lived at the place.

  Awashimado , near Kyoto station

Awashimado, near Kyoto station

If you walk to the west from the north exit of Kyoto station, you can visit Awashimado, the temple for women. The main god here is Awashima, who is the incarnation of Sukunahikonanomikoto, the god of medicine, and at the same time Kokuzoubosatsu, the Buddhist guardian of wisdom. Awashima is the guardian of every women, and especially if you want to cure your illness, please visit and pray.

  Awashimado

Awashimado

There is a monument of Haiku, Japanese poem, by Yosa Buson (1716-1784) who is one of the most popular poets in Japanese history. He seemed to visit here to pray for his daughter’s recovery from illness.

  Yosa Buson ’s  Haiku  in  Awashimado

Yosa Buson’s Haiku in Awashimado

In the autumn, you can also see Hagi here, the autumn flower in Japan.

  Hagi  at  Awashimado

Hagi at Awashimado

From October, Kyoto is going to be autumn and you’ll feel nice and cool breeze here and see various kinds of beautiful flowers. Please visit Kyoto and enjoy autumn in Japan.