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Obai-in, Kyoto

#128 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Ōbai-in (黄梅院) is an autonomous sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, Kyoto, Japan,the headquarters of the Daitoku-ji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The Hondō (1586) and Kuri (1589) have been designated Important Cultural Properties. Momoyama period monochrome fusuma paintings of Seven hermits in a bamboo grove (16 panels), Landscape with figures (14 panels), and Geese (14 panels), by Unkoku Tōgan (1588), have also been designated Important Cultural Properties. The severed head of the statue of Sen no Rikyū, its position fatally regarded as hubristic by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, was once kept at Obai-in.
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  • I was lucky to visit Daitokuji when Obai-in and Korin-in were open for public: they have been closed during my previous summertime visits, and only accept visitors in spring and autumn. If you have...  more »
  • Our guide decided to bring us here, a place less visited than the popular rock gardens. And this is was spectacular. Since this place is a monastery with monks living and praying here, it is open to.....  more »
  • A magical experience. Not your typical Zen garden experience. Very few people. I'd give this more stars if I could. No photos allowed. Just let yourself be immersed
  • Absolutely stunning just renovated.
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