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Kyoto Yasaka Pagoda “Hokanji”

This photo, considered one of Kyoto’s iconic images, features the backdrop of “Hokanji” located near Kiyomizu-dera. The path to Kiyomizu-dera, known as Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, often provides a picturesque view of Hokanji, making it a popular spot for photography.

“Hokanji, recognized as one of Japan’s iconic views in Kyoto.”

Hokanji holds a significant place among Kyoto’s iconic views. When traveling from Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu-dera, passing through Hokanji and the charming Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka areas naturally exposes one to the representative landscapes of Kyoto.

“Known as Yasakanoto, the Yasaka Pagoda.”

While Hokanji has its own unique name, it is also known as “Yasakanoto.” Yasakanoto translates to “Yasaka Pagoda.”

Though it is possible to enter Hokanji, I, unfortunately, could not do so due to the late hour. However, it is commonly used as a backdrop for Kyoto’s scenery in photographs.

Ascending the hill further from Hokanji, one can witness a harmonious blend of Hokanji and the Kyoto hillside village. This location is often chosen by people for commemorative photos.

“A 5-story stone tower, 46 meters in height.”

Hokanji is a 5-story stone tower standing at an impressive height of 46 meters. It is the only tower designated as an important cultural property in Japan that is open to the public.

Although entry is irregular, it is reportedly possible, with an admission fee of 400 yen.

Hokanji, complementing Kyoto’s hillside, offers a place to experience Japan’s unique landscapes.

“Kyoto Hokanji”

  • Address: 388 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
  • Phone: +81 75-551-2417
  • Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Admission Fee: 400 yen
  • Duration: 30 minutes