Perching on the mountain side of Arashiyama in the West of Kyoto, the Nichiren Buddhism temple Jojakkoji has the name of the beautiful heaven in Tendai Buddhism, thanks to its spectacular costume everytime autumn comes. No one knows the mystery about the red leaves of Jojakkoji. Just when you lost in the ground on some autumn day, you can see the most realistic heaven which you often meet in dreams. Each leaf of maple at Jojakkoji is just like a piece of brightness, a piece of a huge diamond block, a piece of happiness and merriness falling from paradise and missing in forest and mountain area, twinkling around the temple.
Visitors from all directions pour into Jojakkoji in autumn to witness or else find the answer for its mysterious beauty then turning into be out of words when standing in front of the scene in which maple leaves of different colors running from yellow to red on the color table fall down the ground in abundance. On the smoothly green carpet of moss, the incredible color which you can only see deep in the heart of green sapphire, little slender maple leaves, one by one stay naturally and beautifully like patterns embroidered perfectly into the carpet. You can be sure that the leaves do not incidentally fall down to its position like that but they are carefully laid down by the hands of the Creator.
Jojakkoji was constructed in 1596 on the former site of the villa called Shiguretei of Fujiwara Sadaie by the priest Nisshin as the place for his seclusion. If something needs to be the beginning of Jojakkoji temple, it must be Niomon gate, instead of the main gate Sanmon. The thatched gate with Buddhist statues guarding at both side used to be the South gate of the headquaters Honkokuji of Nishirenshu sect, built in 14th century and moved here in 1616. From Niomon gate, a steep stairway leads to the main hall of the temple where a Buddhist image is enshrined. The Tahoto pagoda is an an important cultural property, built in 1620 by Tsujifuji Naonobu in the gorgeous Momoyama style but, constructed in the 17th century. Standing on top of a stone stair and reaching the height of 12 meters, the pagoda offers a spectacular view of the city of Kyoto.
In addition, there are several smaller establishments including Kaisando, Myokengu, the stone lanttern Ishidoro, a stone pagoda and a relief made by Kinjo Minoru, describing an old fisherman of Minamata in a monodrama played by Sunada Akira. On the left side of the main gate of Jojakkoji, there is the Kadokura historical museum with various exhibits of ancient documents and personal items of the wealthy Kadokura family with a close connection with the temple.
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Last entry at 4:30 pm.