Rokkakudo is a small temple in downtown Kyoto, just off of Karasuma Dori near Sanjo Dori.
It was established by Prince Shotoku in the year 587 and is one of the oldest temples in the city.
It is the the 18th temple on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage, and as a result you will often see visitors dressed from head to toe in white.
The temple's name - literally "six-sided" - derives from its hexagonal shape.
Rokkakudo is just behind the main headquarters of Ikebana - flower arranging - which is known as Ikenobo.
The grounds are totally free and rather small, as befitting its location.
Within them though is much to see.
The bibbed jizo statues, above right, are quite a sight. They are lined up just outside the Ikenobo headquarters.
Entering through the main temple gates, you first see a willow tree, below right.
It is adorned with pieces of paper (omikuji) - good luck wishes that have been tied to the branches.
To the left of the tree is a structure that has many painted blocks of wood (ema) and strings of colorful "cranes" (senbazuru) - both of which have also been placed there in the hope of academic or financial success, good health, or other prayers.
248 Donomae, Higashinotoin-dori Rokkaku-nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
075 221 2686
Open 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
City Bus to "Karasuma Nijo," or Subway to "Karasuma Oike"
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