Kojakuji Temple


Travel Guide

Kojakuji Temple, located in the center of Korankei Valley, was founded in 1427 in memory of the Asuke clan by Nijo Yoshimoto who hold the regent position of kampaku when he left Kyoto and had short stay in Asuke. The fascinating maple leaf scenery of Korankei Valley was started in 1634 by Zen master Sanei, the 11th generation abbot of Kojakuji Temple. Inside the temple, you can find a Zen hall that was built in the late Edo period (1603 – 1867). At the side of the main hall, rice plants are decorated as a sign of protection for the temple.

Master Sanei, who advocates beautiful nature, planted a maple tree after reading one volume of Heart Sutra in hopes to pray for the happiness of the people and rectify the environment of Buddha worship. Years after, all the way to the temple along the Tomoe River is covered with maple trees. His efforts were carried on in the Taisho period, with locals who followed the wishes of Master Sanei participating in the planting of the maple and cherry blossoms trees. Currently two of the original trees planted by Master Sanei remain around Korankei Valley. Now, the temple and the Korankei Valley area is famous as a fall foliage spot. From mid to late November, the leaves on the maple trees turn into stunning shades of reds and oranges.


Travel Advice

Please also see Korankei Valley.



Address 39 Iimori, Asuke-cho, Toyota-shi, Aichi
Phone 0565-62-0267
Admission Free  
Hours Free time  
Closed Open 7 Days a Week
Duration 10 minutes
Getting There By Train

70 minutes ride by Meitetsu Bus from Higashi-Okazaki Station on Nagoya Honsen of Nagoya Railway to the Korankei Valley bus stop, then walk approximately 8 minute.

By Car
Take Tokai-Kanjo Expressway to the Toyota-Kanpachi exit and take National Highway route 153. It is approximately 25 kilometers 25 minutes from exit.
Parking Pay parking available

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