|Name||随心院 / Zuishin-in Temple|
|Adress||Ono Goryocho35, Yamashina-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 607-8257|
Adult 400 yen
University 400 yen
High school 400 yen
Junior high school 300 yen
Zuishin-in temple was established by priest Ningai who received approval and land from the emperor in 991.
The temple used to be called “Madara-ji”, after “Mandala which is a type Buddhist tapestry. Ningai had a dream about his deceased mother being reincarnated in a cow.
He found the cow, and when it died Ningai made a mandala using its leather, hence the original temple’s name. In 1229 the temple merged with a neighbour and became known as Zuishin-in.
As for most temples in Kyoto, Zuishin-in was destroyed in successive feudal wars; most of its buildings are from the 17th or 18th century.
The temple is of a classic style, and doesn’t have a specific outstanding feature. The grounds are quite pleasant though, and the lack of crowd makes it a nice stop on the way to, say, Daigo-ji. Oh, but I forgot. It does have something special: between the inner and outer walls is a large garden of small plum trees, the “Ono garden” (小野梅庭). Very beautiful if you pick the right time in March to visit it.