Keisoku-ji was re-built by the Venerable, Saicho (767-822 AD), and named after footmarks of a chicken left on accumulated snow. The monk found an Eleven-headed Deity of Mercy in burned-out ruins, and then opened tremendous area of many Buddhist temples. Though the temple became deserted now, the breath-taking beauty of hundreds of colored leaves attracts so many people just like the old days.
JR Kinomoto Station
Kinomoto Guardian Deity for the Folks (Big Jizo Budda)
Keisokuji-temple (From the Middle of Nov. to the Middle of Dec.)
Shakudoji-temple (From the Middle of Nov. to the Middle of Dec.)
Koko-kaku (A Treasure House, Taking Custody of the Principle Image of Eleven-headed Deity and Other Important Properties)
Yoshiro-kaku (A Treasure House, Taking Custody of the Buddist Statue of Curing All Illness, Buddist Paintings, etc.)
Hokkeji-ruin (Renowned for the Encounter of Mitsunari ISHIDA with Hideyoshi HASHIBA Here)
Shizugatake Old Battlefield
JR Kinomoto Station
This "One Day Tour for Autumnal Leaves around Keisoku-ji Temple & Shizugatake Old Battlefield" consists of the following 2 major courses;
1) Morning Course
We can visit representative old temples (Keisoku-ji and Shakudo-ji), ruins and related treasure houses of the land of MAHOROBA (an Ideal place filled with happiness). We can also appreciate breathtaking autumnal beauty of the old mountainous temple in late fall.
2) Afternoon Course
We can visit one of the most famous old battlefields, Mt. Shizugatake in the midst of the age of Provincial Wars (1583). We climb up to the summit too by a lift, from where we can see the fantastic vista of both Lake Biwa and Lake Yogo.
The total distance is about 30km, including climbing the mountain. We can take lunch at Kinomoto.
[Note] Both 1) and 2) are to be cancelled if it heavily rains.
Admission / Entrance Fee (For Tourists and the Guide) 1) Koko-kaku & Yoshiro-kaku (Treasure House of Keisoku-ji temple): 500 JPY / Each
Transportation (If necessary, For Tourists and the Guide) 1) A round bus fare from Kinomoto Sta. to Keisoku-ji temple: 500 JPY / Each, 2) A lift fare to the summit of Mt. Shizugatake: 420 JPY / Each (A single fare for an adult) ; 210 JPY / Each (A single fare for a child); 800 JPY / Each (A double fare for an adult); 400 JPY / Each (A double fare for a child) [Note] If a tourist prefers a bike ride to the destination, a bicycle rental is also available from Kinomoto sta., with 500 JPY / each.
Lunch and/or Dinner (For Tourists)
Any Unexpected Cost (For Tourists)
Lift service for the summit of Mt. Shizugatake is available as follows; May, Oct., Nov.: Every day (9:00 - 17:00) Apr.: only Sat. and Sun. during 23 to 30 Aug.: During 1 to 27 Jun., July, Sep.: Only Sat., Sun. and holidays Others: Out of service
Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.
Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23
Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodate to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Womens University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia.
Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e-mail in a few days. From Yoshi
Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas
Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?