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Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto

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Religious Site
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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  • 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!
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  • 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.
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