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Houjyu-ji Temple

Name 法住寺 / Houjyu-ji Temple
Adress Sanjusangendomawaricho655, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 605-0941
Hours Open 9:00~16:30
Admission 500yen

The Hōjūjidono (法住寺殿) was a Buddhist temple in Kyoto which was, for a time, the home of the Cloistered Emperor Shirakawa II.

The temple was originally built and founded, as “Hōjūji”, by Fujiwara Tamemitsu in 988. However, it was destroyed in 1032.

In 1158, Emperor Shirakawa II abdicated in favor of his son Prince Morihito (Emperor Nijō) and made the Hōjūjiden his home, entering cloistered rule. However, in 1183, he was informed by Minamoto no Yukiie that Minamoto no Yoshinaka intended to kidnap him, form a new government to the north, and use his possession of the cloistered emperor to justify his rule. The emperor informed the Minamoto brothers Yoshitsune and Noriyori in turn, and asked for their aid in stopping Yoshinaka. But they failed; Yoshinaka seized Kyoto in December of 1183.

Then, the Siege of Hōjūjidono resulted in 1184. He set fire to the buildings, slaughtered many of the occupants, and seized the cloistered emperor.

The temple has since been rebuilt, and now houses Shirakawa’s tomb. It is also closely related to the Sanjusangen-dō.


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