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Jakkō-in

Area

North




Highlight
Jakkō-in was a nunnery built in memory of emperor Antoku who had passed away at the young age of 7 by Empress Kenreimon-in who had retired here (Described in "the tale of Heike"). The main building was lost in a fire in 1999 and was rebuilt by 2005. You can also see the Migawa pond and Migawa cherry tree which are also mentioned in the tale of Heike.


Details
Jakkō-in is a nunnery of the Tendai sect of Bhuddism and has been said to have established in the year 594 by Shotoku-Taishi, or Crown Prince Shotoku, to pray for the soul of his late father, Emperor Yomei.
Jakko-in is well known as a place where Kenreimon-in lived in seclusion. Kenreimon-in Tokuko (1155-1213) was a daughter of Taira no Kiyomori (the chief of Heike clan, 1118-1181) and an empress of Emperor Takakura. After the defeat of the Taira forces in 1185 she threw herself and her son Emperor Antoku into the sea. He drowned but she was pulled from the water. She was rescued from her attempted suicide when the Heike clan was destroyed by Minamoto no Yoshitsune (a younger brother of the chief of Genji clan, 1159-1189) at the naval battle of Dan-no-ura. She lost her whole family including her eight-year-old son, Emperor Antoku, and she spent the rest of her life in the temple to pray for the souls of her family.


Temples

Jakkō-in

Area

North

Open

9:00am to
5:00pm

Admission

600 Yen

Address

676 Ohara Kusao-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City

Tel No.

+81-75-744-3341

URL

http://www.jakkoin.jp


Access

10 mins. on foot from "Ohara" Stop on the Kyoto Bus No. 17 or 18

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Nearby tourist attractions

aksh Inc.