京都・醍醐寺 ―真言密教の宇宙―
Title :
Daigoji Temple – A Shingon Esoteric Buddhist Universe in Kyoto
Period :
29th January (Tue) – 24th March (Sun), 2019
Hours :
Sunday · Tuesday - Thursday * Closed on Monday
9: 30 - 17: 00 (last admission 16:30)
Friday and Saturday [Open at night]
9: 30 - 20: 00 (last admission 19:30)
Admission :
Adult 1,600yen (1,400yen)
University students and High school students 1,000yen (800yen)
Junior high school students and elementary school students 600yen (400yen)
*( ) is for advance tickets and group (more than 20 people) tickets
*Admission free for disability and 1 caretaker. Please bring the physical disability certificate.
*( ) fee is also for over 65 years old. Please bring the identification with birth date such as health insurance card, driving license, and so on.
Reduced admission fee for evening visit (applicable between 17:00 and 19:30 only)
Adult 1,400yen
University students and High school students 800yen
Junior high school students and elementary school students 400yen
*The tickets for evening visit will be available only on Friday and Saturday after 17:00 at the museum ticket counter and valid on the day of purchase.

Audio guides

*English audio guides and explanations are available for this Special Exhibition.

Exhibition Overview

Located in Yamashina, Kyoto, the Daigoji Temple is a well-known Shingon Esoteric Buddhist temple with over 1000 years of history. It was founded by the monk Shōbō (832-909), later known by the honorific title Rigen Daishi, in the Heian period (874). The temple focuses on conducting prayers and esoteric rites for spiritual empowerment, and has garnered a following of influential devotees since its opening. Throughout its illustrious history, many Buddhist statues, paintings, and scriptures have been handed down.

In 2016, a selection of these treasures were loaned out to China for their exhibitions. The exhibitions traced the history and art from the Heian period to the modern times and were well received by the visitors in Shanghai and Xi’an.

The Kyushu National Museum proudly hosts this exhibition to commemorate the China exhibitions. Chosen from the vast array of 150,000 treasures, the careful selection of 104 beautiful masterpieces of esoteric Buddhist art from Daigoji Temple, such as a statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru) and attendant deities (National Treasure), and Buddhist beads (Important Cultural Properties), as well as the well-known artwork of cherry blossom viewing hosted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi will be displayed for a limited time.


Highlights of the Exhibition

View 104 artifacts, including 32 National Treasures and 49 Important Cultural Properties, carefully selected from 150,000 temple treasures.

Experience the mystical atmosphere of esoteric Buddhist art stored in Daigoji, recreated in the same formation here.

Learn about the over 1000 years of history of the Daigoji Temple and how it prospered through its relationship with devotees which included many influential people.