Reikanji Temple, Kyoto: A nun monzeki temple that is not usually open to the public – Special viewing of the garden and shoin (drawing room) where camellias are in full bloom.

2024.02.13

From March 20, 2024 (Wed., national holiday) to April 7, 2024 (Sun.), the nun-monzeki temple Reikanji in Kyoto will hold a special spring open house.
More than 100 varieties of camellias are planted in the large garden, including the Nikko camellia (designated as a natural treasure by the city of Kyoto), the scattered camellia, the white peony camellia, and the Maizuru camellia, all of which will be in full bloom in a variety of colors.

Known as the “Temple of Camellia,” Reikanji Temple was founded in 1654 by Tarinomiya, the daughter of Emperor Gomizunoo, and is a nun monastery where successive imperial princesses served as chief priests. Also known as “Gosho of the Valley,” the temple still retains its prestigious and elegant appearance.

There are more than 100 varieties of camellias that can be seen in the garden, including the Nikko camellia (designated as a natural treasure by the city of Kyoto), scattered camellia, white peony camellia, and Maizuru camellia. Each type of camellia blooms at a different time of year, so you can enjoy a different view depending on the time of year you visit.

Outline of Spring Special Open House

Period of visitation: March 20, 2024 (Wed., holiday) – April 7, 2024 (Sun.)
Visiting Hours: 10:00~16:30 (Last admission 16:00)
Entrance fee: Adults 800 yen, elementary school students 400 yen, infants free
※Groups of 15 or more: 720 yen

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In addition to the regular red seal (300 yen), a limited edition red seal for 2024 (price to be determined) will be available.

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