We are pleased to welcome an unprecedented number of visitors to the Spring Exhibition.

To assure the safety of pedestrians, operation of the electric shuttles may be suspended.

Spring Special Exhibition

March 21 - May 19

Living in Zen and the Daitokuji Ryōkōin Heritage

Ryōkō-in is a subtemple of the historic Zen monastery Daitoku-ji in the Murasakino district of Kyoto. It was founded in 1606 by the abbot Kōgetsu Sōgan (1574–1643), under the patronage of the military commander Kuroda Nagamasa as the family temple in memory of his father Kuroda Kanbee. Born the second son of the wealthy Sakai merchant and tea master Tennōjiya Tsuda Sōgyū, Abbot Kōgetsu was known for his high education and outstanding Zen teachings, and was instrumental in making Ryōkō-in a cultural center where Prince Takamatsu-no-miya Yoshihito, Kobori Enshū, Shōkadō Shōjō, and other leading cultural figures gathered.

Also, because of Kōgetsu, many treasures of the Tennōjiya family survived the summer campaign of the siege of Osaka in 1615 and have been preserved at the temple to this day.

With the complete cooperation of Ryōkō-in, this exhibition presents an overview of 400 years of this temple’s history. Highlights include the National Treasure-designated Yōhen tenmoku teabowl and calligraphy by the Chinese Chan master Mian (J., Mittan, 1118–1186), as well as Important Cultural Property-designated Persimmons and Chestnuts (attributed to Muqi) and Yuteki tenmoku teabowl. Also featured are the Tennōjiya family treasures, Abbot Kōgetsu’s belongings that reflect the aesthetics of the Kan’ei era, works associated with historic figures the abbot revered, and objects owned by successive abbots of the temple. This exhibition explores the unbroken succession of Zen since Kōgetsu that continues to live on to the present day at Ryōkō-in Temple.


Exhibition Term
March 21, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Open Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry: 4:00 pm)
Closed Days
Every Monday (or next business day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission Fees
1,100 yen
North Wing

※Objects are subject to change during exhibition period.


Exhibition Highlights

Portrait (Chinsō) of Kōgetsu Sōgan; inscribed by Kōgetsu Sōgan for his follower
By Kanō Tan’yū; Edo period, Kan’ei 12 (1635) ; exhibited from 3/21– 4/21

Calligraphy by Mian Xianjie: Buddhist Teaching (Hōgo) Addressed to Zhang Chanren
China, Southern Song dynasty, 1179; National Treasure; exhibited from 3/21–4/7

"Chestnuts" from the pair of hanging scrolls, Persimmons and Chestnuts
Attributed to Muqi; China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century; Important Cultural Properety; exhibited 4/9–5/6

Yōhen Tenmoku Teabowl
China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century; National Treasure

Karamono Tea Container (Chaire) with Round Base, known as “Sōgyū Marutsubo”
China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century

Yuteki Tenmoku Teabowl and Stand with Design of Scrolling Vines (Karakusa)
China, Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century; Important Cultural Property

Tea Scoop (Chashaku) by Tsuda Sōgyū
Momoyama period, 16th century

Nine Panel Kasaya Woven with Metallic Thread (Mōru), worn by Kōgetsu Sōgan
Edo period, 17th century; exhibited from 3/21 –4/21

Exhibition Galleries

Entrance Information
South Wing
North Wing