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Suzumushi Temple, Kyoto

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Explore the quirky Suzumushi Temple, which doesn't pay tribute to a deity, but instead celebrates chirping crickets. Established in 1723, the temple wasn't built with this in mind, but the singing insects captured the attention of a ground-keeping priest, who enjoyed listening to their otherworldly music while tending to the garden late into the evening. Thinking the creatures to be a natural expression of Buddhist ideals (having short but well-lived lives), the temple has gone on to raise 50,000 crickets a year, with their chirping audible here all year-round. You'll notice that the cricket room stays at a high temperature year-round to encourage the singing creatures. Here you'll have the opportunity to sit and learn about the temple's fixation on these creatures directly from the priest, while enjoying a cup of tea. Before you head to Kyoto, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kyoto itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Kyoto has to offer, including Suzumushi Temple.
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  • my Jap friend recommended Suzumushi-tera (temple) for praying & grant wishes. so... during my traveling in Kyoto, i & my husband took a chance to come to this temple. we went there by Train. We walked...  more »
  • Visiting this temple was one of my highlights in Kyoto. When you get in, there's a lecture on Buddhism and the way of the cricket, which this temple is known for. It is only in Japanese, but I was sti...  more »
  • We visited this temple weekdays. But still it was crowded. Because there were many visitors, our worship was totally like the assembly line. Of course it was not an atmosphere to appreciate the sound ...  more »
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  • Sweet little garden. Don't forget to give your name and city to the Guardian at the entry so he comes to your place with his sandals to grant your wish. The Buddhist preach is only in Japanese so I didn't visit the temple. Staff is very nice and warned me in perfect English. 300y
  • Visiting this temple was one of my highlights in Kyoto. When you get in, there's a lecture on Buddhism and the way of the cricket, which this temple is known for. It is only in Japanese, but I was still captivated by the way the monk delivered the story. Quite off the beaten path, they don't seem to get many foreigners, but it was definitely worth the visit. The garden outside is also a little gem.
  • Suzumushi Temple was built in 1723 by Saint Hotan. Its official name is Myotokuzan Kegon-ji. Suzumushi means crickets in English. Hotan was famous as a hard-working Buddhist monk. There is one sect of Buddhism called “Kegon,” but because of its strictness, the number of monks undertaking Kegon was decreasing and the religion was dying out. The situation prompted Hotan to try and revive Kegon. He studied Buddhism and philosophy widely and tried to spread Kegon to monks. It is also said that he was the first to make a world map which put India (the origin of Buddhism) at the center of the world. When he saw the map that Europeans brought to Japan, he just was compelled to create a new type of map. The map is very valuable historically. Why don't you visit Matsuo Taisha Shrine on your way back to Katura station? It is only about 15 min walk. You will probably enjoy the rural atmosphere of this area. ( TGM Kyoto )
  • This temple was crowded but I enjoyed. The priest talks only in Japanese.
  • beautiful scenery and peaceful

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