Keisoku-ji Temple Ruins



Embracing Autumn’s Splendor and Cultural Heritage

Known as the ‘carpet of red maple,’ Keisoku-ji Temple lures visitors annually with its enchanting autumn foliage. Stone steps, gently lining the moss-covered retaining walls, imbue a serene atmosphere, complemented by the presence of two hundred maple trees along the pathway.

Established in 735 by Gyoki, one of the most esteemed monks in Japanese Buddhism, Keisoku-ji Temple experienced a decline but was revived in 799 by Saicho, who laid the groundwork for Japanese Buddhism. Over 1000 years, the temple has seen cycles of prosperity and decline, now being upheld by its local residents. The original temple hall no longer stands. The primary deity, an eleven-faced Kannon statue, now resides in the Kokokaku Hall. Alongside the Yoshiro Hall, there are numerous other significant cultural assets, including a Yakushi Nyorai statue and Twelve Heavenly Generals statues, designated by Shiga Prefecture.

Apart from the captivating autumn display, the temple’s verdant surroundings make it an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts, offering a rejuvenating forest bathing experience. During peak autumn foliage, access may be restricted. It’s advisable to contact the Nagahama Tourist Association for detailed information.

<Autumn Foliage Exploration Contribution Fee>
¥500/person (Free for those under 15)

Shuttle Bus Service
During the autumn foliage season (Nov 10 – 30), a shuttle bus operates between JR Kinomoto Station and Keisoku-ji Temple.

Bus Fare (includes contribution fee)
¥1,000/adult, ¥500/under 15, free for children under 6.
*Tickets available at the information desk in JR Kinomoto Station.”



8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Dec 11 – Jan 31 (except Sat & Sun)


500 yen / adult, 100 yen / children, free / under 12


Cash only

6-50 Sanwachō, Nagahama, Shiga 526-0055, Japan