EMA at Kodai-ji Temple
Kodai-ji (高台寺) temple was established in 1606 by Nene (ねね, often known by the title “Kita no Mandokoro”), the widow of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣秀吉), a Samurai (侍)/politician of the Sengoku period (戦国時代) who is regarded as Japan’s second “great unifier”. Nene is very famous for her contribution in supporting the stormy life of her husband.
Hideyoshi, a child of a peasant, later became the ruler of Japan, was also famous for his fondness for women. However, Nene was always the love of his life until the end…
Romance was not a commonplace in the old days in Japan. Today, taking after Nene and Hideyoshi, Ema (絵馬, votive wooden plates) whose benefit is “fulfillment in love”, are very popular at Kodai-ji. Please take a nice walk at the temple in YUMEYAKATA’ Kimono (着物), and make a wish upon an Ema.
9:00am-5:30pm (entrance closes at 5:00pm)
Junior high/high school students 250yen
10 mins. on foot from Gion Shijo station, Keihan line
15 mins. on foot from Kawaramachi station, Hankyu line
5 mins. on foot from Higashiyama Yasui, Kyoto City bus