Keirin-ji Temple (桂林寺)

Keirin-ji Temple is the historically prominent Tango Province Chuhonzan (mid-level head temple) of the Soto Sect located in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture. Its sango (literally, "mountain name"), which is the title prefixed to the name of a Buddhist temple, is Ama-no-Kagu-yama.

Origin and history

1401: Founded by Chikuo Yusen Osho.

1600: Participated in the Battle of Sekigahara on the side of Yusai HOSOKAWA who was held up in Tanabe-jo Castle (Tango Province). The temple was rewarded by the donation of a painting depicting Buddha's entrance into Nirvana and a bell.

1717: The Sanmon gate was constructed. (Believed to have been the largest in the city).

1935: The belfry (Chinese style) was reconstructed.

2001: The roof of the main hall was retiled to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the temple's founding.

Cultural properties

Garden lantern: Created during the latter part of the Kamakura period and a nationally recognized important work of art

Color painting on silk of Buddha's entrance into Nirvana: Created during the Muromachi period and donated by Tadaoki HOSOKAWA
Cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture

Temple bell: Cast during the Muromachi period and a cultural property designated by Maizuru City


69 Konya, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture


Approximately 10 minutes walk from Nishi-Maizuru Station on the JR West Maizuru Line.

Nearby attractions

Enryu-ji Temple (Maizuru City)

Asajiro-jinja Shrine

Hongyo-ji Temple

Zuiko-ji Temple (Maizuru City)

Atagoyama (Maizuru City)

[Original Japanese]