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Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto

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#61 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site Tourist Spot
After tracing a bewitching path through bamboo groves, you'll find the mysterious looking Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple nestled on the wooded hilltop. The Buddhist temple was established in 811 CE, and became a place where the lonely dead who had no kin would be interred. In this evocative temple you can observe around 8,000 stone effigies, filling almost every empty spot around the modest pagoda and other structures. If you're here around the 23rd and 24th of August, don't miss the annual ceremony of remembrance, during which thousands of candles fill the area, adding to the temple's mystique. Put Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple into our Kyoto trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Definitely put Adashino on your list. A while back, they gathered all the tomb stones dotting Arashiyama and brought them to this place. The tombstones are up to 900 years old and I heard they were fo...  more »
  • In a Kyoto Temple is much more flamboyant and saturation is often mysterious mood of the original plenty of a temple. If bright times are good but somewhat dark feel even a little scary?
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  • Always wanted to visit more imagination and a little awfully like. I was behind bamboo forest is a short distance.
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