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Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto

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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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  • Away from the Tenryu-ji Temple in Arashiyama in the North, a very quiet not very belaufener Temple statues in the garden is located with 8000 small stone Buddha. The importance of Adashi (the name of this area) is the Buddhist (transient, fleeting and futile). The small stone of Buddhas represent the souls of the dead who have been forgotten.
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  • been there at the peak of momiji season, it's outstanding even for arashiyama. the temple has it's own bamboo forest which is far more interesting and less crowded than the famous one in sagano. 
  • And slope of the bamboo on the way to visit the temple grounds 6 six jizo statues, very tasteful. Even in winter the lush bamboo was impressive.
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