The reason I came to Daitoku-ji was not to see the Karamon Gate and Hojo, both of which are designated as national treasures, but because I wanted to visit the temple in the temple, called Kotoin. Daitoku-ji Temple, one of the largest temples in Kyoto, has a large number of inner temples, 22 in all. However, most of them are closed to the public, and only four are open to the general public at any given time. I wanted to visit one of them, the Kotoin Temple.
The Kotoin Temple was founded by Hosokawa Tadaoki in 1602. The graveyard of Tadaoki himself, who died in 1645, is also located in Kotoin, and since then it has been the family temple of the Higo Hosokawa family. The Hosokawa family, by the way. The Higo Hosokawa family, whose founder was Hosokawa Fujitaka, is one of the most prestigious families in Japan, and Hosokawa Morihiro, who served as Prime Minister in the 1990s, is the 18th head of the Hosokawa family.
After passing through the front gate, I found a straight, stone-paved approach to the temple, flanked by a hedge of Arhat trees. At the end of the approach, a Karamon gate with a Karahafu was waiting for me.
April 27, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF