Kyoto Rokkaku-do Temple

Hexagonal pagoda in the middle of the city

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

This temple with a hexagonal pagoda in the middle of Kyoto City is commonly called Rokkaku-do, because of its unique shape. Roku means six in Japanese. Some people believe that the hexagon is connected to the purification of the six senses. Before Kyoto became the capital of Japan, Rokkaku-do was already there. Legend has it that later, when Emperor Kanmu asked the temple to move a little bit to make room for the construction of an important new road, Rokkaku-do's temple buildings magically changed to a new location on their own. Rokkaku-do has been quite popular among locals for more than one thousand years and is always crowded with worshippers.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。