The Jotenkaku Museum in Kyoto

Home of national treasures & important cultural assets

 By Gloria Ticconi   Jan 15, 2017

The Shoukokuji Jotenkaku Museum is an art museum located in the grounds of Shokoku-ji Temple, number two of the Kyoto five mountains Zen Temples. Founded in 1392, by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, Shokoku-ji Temple is said to have taken about ten years to build. During its 600-year history it has continually been the cultural center of Kyoto and it has hosted leading figures of the Gozan literary school as well as artisan monks, who trained here and handed down the art of calligraphy, painting and ceramic sculpture of tea utensils.

Since 1984, the temple houses the Jotenkaku Museum and its collection that includes five national treasures and 144 important cultural assets, entrusted to the museum by the Shokoku-ji, the Rokuon-ji, the Jisho-ji and sub-temples.

The works housed by the museum have a significant historical value and its beauty is easily recognised by visitors, however those with a knowledge of the Japanese language, the history of Japan and the history of calligraphy would undoubtedly appreciate these objects even more.

Photography by Gloria Ticconi
Japan Travel Member

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Cheng Ann Chua 10 months ago
Will make a visit in April 2017 when I travelled back from Kanazawa to Kyoto. Thanks for the article.
Relinda Puspita 10 months ago
Look great. Is it free admission?
Gloria Ticconi Photographer 10 months ago
No, the entry ticket costs 800 yen for adults