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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  • After the Arashiyama bamboo grove, we had time to spare before dinner. We had heard about this unusual temple with over a thousand stone faces with different expressions. We had to take a taxi from th...  more »
  • Had read reviews of this site and decided to make it a must visit. Bus is available outside of bamboo forest which drops you outside of site. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet with no crowds and b...  more »
  • It's off, is a small temple in the middle of the mountain, very interesting temple of Sagano. Entering the grounds and countless Rakan resides all over the place. Who carved his statue here, it is as it was. So, every face was different. the
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