To explore Rokkakudō, click on the links at the bottom of this page
Rokkakudō, meaning the 'Six-sided Temple,' is located right in the middle of Kyoto city, and even has a stone marker that is Kyoto’s ‘belly button’ to prove it! Yet even in the midst of the towering concrete buildings hemming in this little temple, it still possible to find a peaceful respite here beside the flowing waters of the pond, with its beautiful white swans. This temple is the where ikebana – the art of flower arrangement – began over four hundred years ago as an act of Buddhist devotion, and the abbot here is also the president of the international Ikenobo Ikebana Society. The magnificent multi-story glassed building behind the temple is dedicated to this art, and is part of the temple itself.
General Information about Rokkakudō
Honzon and other enshrined images
Places of interest within the temple grounds
Founding story and other legends
Goeika sacred hymn
Directions for getting to Rokkakudō