Jotenkaku Museum (承天閣美術館)

Jotenkaku Museum is an art museum located in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.

The Jotenkaku Museum was built at the side of Reiho-den Hall of Shokoku-ji Temple in 1984 as part of the project commemorating the 600th anniversary of the founding of Shokoku-ji Temple. It stores and exhibits Cultural Properties (five National Treasures and 136 National Important Cultural Properties) including writings, paintings, and handicrafts owned by Shokoku-ji Temple, Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple) and Jisho-ji Temple (Ginkaku-ji Temple) that are affiliated with the Shokoku-ji School of the Rinzai Zen sect. Also, Manno Museum (Osaka City), which closed in 2004, donated approximately 200 National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties to Jotenkaku Museum.

It is currently being extended and undergoing reconstruction in commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the death of Yoshimitsu ASHIKAGA, the founder of Shokoku-ji Temple, and all sections will be reopened on May 13, 2007. The exhibition area will be doubled in size upon completion, making it possible to permanently exhibit many items (including all fifty faces of "Rokuonji Oshoin Shohekiga" (Wall painting in Osho-in Room of Rokuon-ji Temple) by Jakuchu ITO) that are currently not exhibited due to lack of space.

Main collections

National Treasures
Sogen MUGAKU, Calligraphy, 'Poem to Ichio Ingo of Choraku-ji' (stored in Shokoku-ji Temple)
Important Cultural Properties
Belonging to Shokoku-ji Temple
Shinchu RIKU, 'Juroku Rakanzu' (Sixteen Arhats)
Chushin ZEKKAI, 'Jugyuju' (Ten Oxherding Poems)
Tohaku HASEGAWA, 'Monkeys and a Bamboo Grove'
Bunsei (Wen Zheng), 'Cranes'
Rinryou (Lin Liang), 'Phoenix, Rocks, and Bamboo'
Belonging to Kogenin (Shokoku-ji Temple Tacchu sub-temple)
Myocho KICHIZAN, 'Portrait of Shunoku Myoha'
Belonging to Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple)
Jakuchu ITO, 'Rokuon-ji Oshoin Shohekiga" (Wall painting in Osho-in Room of Rokuon-ji Temple)
Figure of Yoshimitsu ASHIKAGA
Formerly stored by Manno Museum
Sotatsu TAWARAYA, 'Tsutano Hosomichizu Byobu' (Ivy Lane)

Location

701 Shokokujimonzen-cho, Imadegawadori Karasuma-higashi-iru-agaru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, 606

Access

It is a ten minute walk from Imadegawa Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line

Exhibitions
Legacy Utensils of the Tea Ceremony (Refurbished existing gallery): July 15, 2006 (Sat) - April 15, 2007 (Sun)
Works of Jakuchu ITO, The Shaka Triad and Paintings of Animals and Plants, seen for the first time in 120 Years: May 13, 2007 (Sun) - June 3, 2007 (Sun)
Zenrin Culture of Shokoku-ji Temple (From the Muromachi to the Edo Period): September 15, 2007 (Sat) - April 13, 2008 (Sun)
Itaro YAMAGUCHI: posthumous works, Exhibition of Genjimonogatari Nishikiori Emaki: April 27, 2008 (Sun) - July 6, 2008 (Sun)