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 trip to Kyoto, use our Kyoto travel route builder website .
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  • Took the bus to this location after our Bamboo Forest visit. It was still raining heavily so we had to be careful walking up the steps and stone paths. This attraction is not suitable for people with ...  more »
  • A great temple, takes about half an hour to get there, but the silence and the fact that there are almost no tourists make it magnificent!  more »
  • Living in the new hotel next to the Bamboo Grove in the Arashijame could not climb in this small, cosy shrine Temple Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji was built in the middle of the 8, but his tragic fate: it significantly hurt during one of the Kamo River, spills Therefore, it was decided to relocate the Temple in a more private place. Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji later was again destroyed during the civil war in 1922 in 13 g. Temple was reconstructed for the second time, but Typhoon 1950 also did not spare the shrine. During the reconstruction of the temple, thousands of Japanese have donated funny figures of Buddha's followers, of which there are 1200. Stone sculptures were donated to the shrine in 1981 for three decades, they had become covered with MOSS, so look even more organically, like usual for our culture treefolk. To this end, we visited this beautiful place away from the main tourist routes.
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