A Guide to Kyoto’s Wooden and Traditional Architecture – Yasaka Pagoda (八坂の塔)
Deep in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, where the famous Gion District and Yasaka Shrine are located, stands the five-storied Pagoda of Hokan-ji (法観寺), affectionately nicknamed Yasaka Pagoda (八坂の塔).
The 46 meters tall Pagoda is a landmark, as it can be seen from nearly anywhere in the Yasaka and neighbouring districts. It was said that the tower was first constructed in the year 592, and has been rebuilt since because of lightning strikes and fire. The current tower was rebuilt in the year 1440.
One of the things that make this pagoda special is that the inside of the Pagoda is open to visitors, which is very rare for these type of protected buildings. You can go up a flight and examine the giant central pillar (心柱) that runs through the 5 stories up close. You can also get up close to the foundation stone (礎石) that supports the central pillar, which dates back to the original Pagoda from more than 1400 years ago!

Even though Suikoushya International Craft School is now up and running in France, our Kyoto workshop will still continue to operate and we want to welcome you when you’re in Kyoto!

Here in Kyoto you can explore the many different wooden architectural treasures of Japan!


Yasaka Pagoda (八坂の塔)~Kyoto Traditional Architecture guide~