The heart-shaped “Inome Window” that invites happiness

“Heart hunting” trips in the season for love

Shojuin Temple

”Shojuin Temple”, in Ujitawara, Kyoto Prefecture, is a famous temple popularly known as the “temple of wind chimes” because of the wind chimes festival that is held there in the summer. But the heart-shaped window in the recently built reception hall of the temple has suddenly become popular since it was introduced on social media and Instagram as the “the window that invites happiness”!

“Inome Window” that drives off evil spirits and invites good fortune

The heart-shaped window in the reception hall of Shojuin Temple is called the “Inome Window”. The “inome” pattern is a traditional Japanese motif from ancient times. The pattern resembles the eyes of a boar, and it is said to have the power to drive off evil spirits and invite good fortune. It is a historical design that is frequently used at Japanese Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The photogenic scene of cherry blossoms viewed from this heart-shaped window is so elegant! You may forget the passage of time when watching it.

Be sure to check the 160 decorative ceiling paintings

The “Inome Window” is not the only attraction of the reception hall. There is plenty to see with 160 decorative ceiling paintings depicting the beauties of nature and Japanese landscapes. About 100 artists and art students painted these splendid ceiling paintings, and you can feel the personality of the painter in each one. When you lie down on the tatami mat facing up, it is even more magnificent.

Japanese sweets with Uji green tea

In the vicinity of Uji, including the town of Ujitawara, there are many cafes featuring Japanese-style sweets where you can have Uji green tea, which is synonymous with high-quality tea. The Japanese sweets using Uji tea are highly recommended.

Enjoying the panoramic view of tea fields

Ujitawara Town is said to be the “birthplace of Japanese green tea”. In the town you can enjoy the spectacular view of lush green fields of tea.


Location/Access 149 Okuyamada Kawakami, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto-fu (Shojuin)
About one hour by limousine bus from Itami Airport to Kyoto Station → About 20 minutes from Kyoto Station by JR line (rapid) to Uji Station, or about 25 minutes on the Kintetsu Kyoto line (express) to Shin-Tanabe Station → From Uji Station and Shin-Tanabe Station it takes about 30 minutes by bus to "Ichu-mae" → Take the community bus and get off at "Okuyamada" and go about 10 minutes on foot.
Opening Hours April - October 8:30AM – 4:30PM
November - March 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Inquiries Shojuin Temple
TEL +81-774-88-3601
Ujitawara Industry & Tourism Section
TEL +81-774-88-6638

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