Next, we went to Koetsuji (Koetsuji temple). You can get there in 3 or 4 minutes from Genkoan temple. This is a Nichiren Buddhism temple, which was originally a thatched hut of Honami Koetsu, and then became a temple after his death. It is said that while Koetsu lived here, he built an art colony with his disciples.
A long path in front of the temple gate.
The temple gate.
The temple bell.
We couldn’t enter the temple on that day because a ceremony was being performed.
The main temple that we looked in from the garden.
We could have a look around the garden. We could see beautiful red or yellow leaves in the garden.
Next, we went to Joshoji (Joshoji temple). It stands about a five minute walk from Genkoan temple. This is a Nichiren Buddhist temple, whose land was donated by Koetsu and which was opened by the venerable Buddhist priest Nichiren who was invited by Koetsu’s son. At the height of the community’s heyday, it was recorded that more than 200 scholar priests studied here. Displaying the lively artistic activities at that time, the temple has a museum in which many works of art and books are exhibited.
The red temple gate.
A garden that we saw when going through the temple gate.
Garden lanterns made of woods.
The temple also has a natural garden. The garden is very large in size and is abundant in nature.
This is the entrance to the natural garden.
We walked along this road after leaving Joshoji temple. There was not too much to see in terms of famous sight seeing but instead the beautiful plants and trees are also a part of Kyoto that people see in their daily lives. In Kyoto, you can see such a scene here and there.