“Reikan-ji” is a Buddhist Monzeki Temple where Imperial Princesses served as the chief priestess for many generations. Because of this background, inside the temple, there are many objects still preserved as the temple’s treasures such as architecture relocated from the Imperial Palace, lovely dolls that the Imperial Princess used to play with, and playing cards called “Karuta” which are well known to the Japanese people through the ages. Like peeking into a time capsule, not only can you enjoy the temple as a religious facility (place of worship?), but you can also feel the life and culture of days passed.
The garden is located at the foot of Kyoto’s eastern mountains, making the best use of its location. On the stage of green moss, you can enjoy the bright colors of the camellias in spring and the autumn leaves dancing in fall, which reminds the viewer of fantastical scenes in a fairy-tale world.
The first Imperial Princess who entered the Buddhist priesthood was very young when she came here. How did this temple and garden look like to her? Try to imagine, and take your time and enjoy the time you spend at this unique temple.