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Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto
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Though this hidden gem has some very unusual sights to offer, Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple often goes unnoticed amongst the region's huge variety of temples. Here you'll find over 1,200 mossy "rakan," stone sculptures of the Buddha's enlightened disciples, each with its own unique facial expression. Originally founded in the 8th century, the temple has been repaired and moved many times over the years, having faced destruction from both flooding and civil war. The statues were donated by worshippers in honor of the temple's most recent refurbishment, carved by amatuers between 1981 and 1991. You can spend plenty of time inspecting the various depictions of those alone, before even getting to the modest but intricate spiritual structures themselves. To visit Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple on your holiday in Kyoto, and find out what else Kyoto has to offer, use our Kyoto itinerary planner.
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  • Sagano in a temple. It is famous for its statue of Buddha's disciples. Own image 500 bodies were first carved their own worshippers, it had risen to 1200. What integrated personality, to the order and will be vulgar mind.
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  • Kiyotaki bus will take you in front of ATAGO Temple stop is easy, but anyway toriimoto through to go to, and went through the Temple of cortex, such as. Funny, cute and nice but seeing the myriad Buddha's disciples who do various expressions.
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  • Temple was known in the Buddha's disciples, known as the starting point for exploring the Sagano. Around the middle of this month at their best is off the beaten path in autumn? Precinct 1200 Rakan customers. Expression of emotions was greeted by variety. Rakan statues similar to or believe I am happy if you... If you visit I saw somewhere he had handcrafted came. Here 1 clause "in the moss-covered Rakan foliage color Kasane" lol.
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