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Hosen-in Temple

Name 宝泉院 / Hosen-in Temple
Adress Ohara Shorinincho187, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 601-1241
Hours Open 9:00~17:00
Admission Adult   800 yen
University  800 yen
High school  700 yen
Junior high school  700 yen
Elementary school  600 yen

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Hosen-in (宝泉院) is a temple of the Tendai-shū, located in Sakyō-ku of Kyoto-shi, in the prefecture of Kyoto. It is specified as a natural monument by the Kyoto government.
It was built in 1012 under the reign of Emperor Sanjō in the imperial year Chōwa 2. Its original purpose was to serve as temple quarters for priests from the nearby Shōrin’in temple.

One of the rooms features a blood stained ceiling that was originally a floorpiece from Fushimi Castle. The blood is from Torii Mototada, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s retainer, and several hundred other men who committed seppuku when they and the castle they were garrisoned in were about to be overrun by Ishida Mitsunari’s forces during the Sekigahara Campaign. This act allowed for Tokugawa Ieyasu to escape with his life, and live to unify Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate. Thus, Torii Mototada’s act of valor is being honored by having the bloody floorpiece serve as a piece of Hosen-in.


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