Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Kinki  /  Kyoto Prefecture  /  Kyoto  /  Historic Sites  /  Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple

Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto

(4.4/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Kyoto itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Kyoto

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Kyoto by other users

8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Kyoto BY A USER FROM JAPAN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The most beautiful temple in Kyoto. The other times were all very touristic, full of people. Here it is easy walking from the Bamboo Forest. Go for it!
    View original
  • This is a great stop because no one is there! You have the place to yourself and you can enjoy the peace.  more »
  • Kiyotaki tunnel towards the Northwest of Sagano Interior. Buddha wild-nenbutsu-ji Temple was about a 10-minute walk. Same as Buddha field-nenbutsu-ji Temple precincts had plenty of statues. Statues of this fairly new but seems, liked the look is different, has a happy face.
    View original