A stroll around the streets of Yamashina will reveal some areas of beautiful nature and some man-made marvels as well such as the Kaju-ji Temple dating back to the 9th century. The ward has numerous small temples each with its own charm and tranquility.
Kajuji Temple was built by Emperor Daigo to venerate his mother in the after-life. Another victim of Kyoto’s earthquake-prone position and the Onin Wars, by the late 17th century the temple had fallen into disrepair, until the shogunate channeled funds to restore its former glory. Today, the temple is distinguished by its ancient strolling garden which has been kept in much the same state as it was 1,000 years ago. To reach Kajuji Temple, takr the Tozai subway Line to Ono station.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm
- Location: 27-6 Kanshuji Niodocho, Yamashina, Kyoto, 607-8226, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 571 0048
This beautiful temple is famous for its thick canopy of plum blossom trees that explode with colour in spring. The temple houses many priceless artifacts including items belonging to famous female poet, Ono Komachi. A dance is staged here annually to honour Komachi. Few tourists have even heard of Zuishin-in so it is a good place to escape the crowds. Zuishin-in Temple is east of downtown Kyoto, in Yamashina district. Take the subway to Ono subway station.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 4.30pm
- Location: 35 Onogoryocho, Yamashina, Kyoto, 607-8257, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 571 0025
A large statue of the Samurai lord Yoshio Oishi watches over Oishi Shrine, a quiet temple in Yamashina. The main hall stands behind a tall concrete torii gate and is the quintessential Japanese temple scene with cascades of cherry blossoms lining the path towards the hall. Shishi statues appear around the temple, open mouthed to ward off bad spirits and closed-mouth to keep the good luck. The annual Sakura Festival (cherry blossom season) is held her in the first week of April.