Established at the end of the 16th century, Jojakko-ji is Nichiren temple situated on the side of Mount Kokura-san in Arashiyama, on Kyoto's western edge. The temple is famous for its autumn leaves.
Fujiwara-no-Sadaie edited his Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (a collection of 100 famous poems by 100 famous poets) at the Shigure-tei-ato, located on the north of the Deva Gate
The deity Myoken is a symbol of the Big Dipper and Polaris
It can be accessible by bus then on foot.
The temple is a twenty minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station, thirty-five minutes from Hankyu Arashiyama Station, or fifteen minutes from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station.
The steep stairway upwards from the thatched Nio-mon (a gate with Buddhist statues standing at either side) leads to the main hall, which enshrines a Buddhist image, the Myoken-do. The Taho-to pagoda also contains a number of beautiful Buddhist images. Both buildings face the mountains and make the most of the surrounding scenery.
The temple pagoda, designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property, is a relatively new structure, constructed in the 17th century, yet was built in the gorgeous Momoyama style of a century earlier. The pagoda affords a spectacular view of the city of Kyoto.
The Kadokura historical museum, located on the left side of the main temple gate, exhibits ancient documents and personal effects of the Kadokura family, wealthy merchants who had a close connection with Jojakko-ji.