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Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 130+ 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.
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  • 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 »
  • 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?.
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  • 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 »
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