Trip Planner : Asia / Japan / Kinki / Kyoto Prefecture / Kyoto / Religious Sites / Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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 itinerary - for free!
This was one of my favorite places to visit during our Kyoto trip. Walking around and inspecting and enjoying the different statues all around the temple was such a refreshing experience, So unique wh... read more »
境内山腹に千二百の羅漢がならぶお寺です。 昔は５百羅漢で有名でしたが今は千二百の羅漢さんがおり、いろいろな表情を見せています。 時分にそっくりな羅漢さんを探してみてはいかがでしょう。This is a 1200 Rakan up on a hillside within the temple. The old 5百 was famous for Rakan is now 1200 Rakan, and showing a different face. Try looking in just Rakan's?.show original
It is a bit off the beaten path and probably not hugely popular. Aside from us there were only one other couple there. It is a fun way to spend an hour or so checking all the whimsical statues. It was... read more »
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
Are you the owner of this business? Click here for promotion tips.