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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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  • A correct answer is definitely counted you bag to had written numbers filled number description why the Defense one Downer moyamoya was good except I was. Indicative forecast the performers look like it was.
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  • I had heard the name, I went. Some were waiting when I arrived, so what? Look at thought and did and listen to your preaching. 16:30 that just barely arrived, but at times last time was so participated in the commemorative 500 yen. The first 10 minutes, please do explain. Amulet of 300 yen to buy outside the jizo shrine, and. Buy a charm for your sermons I heard most people ask, was back. Did not buy amulets because somehow I hamaranaatta, oh just stamp and went back.
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  • Suzumushi temple for the first time. Old friends went, then about 20 years have passed, but now also popular is alive and well, was. It is no way can a replacement system for the matrix so here is indicative. I think it best to go in the morning. The gate is small and the very large environment, not 1周 your garden takes time so much. Can be seen in the degree takes one hour preaching there about 30 minutes walking around the garden as well. There was good fun to talk's sermons while listening to the sound of crickets. Jizo bodhisattva will grant only one wish you wish and go home. We recommend can be time consuming depending on the latency, please visit once.
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  • 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 )
  • 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.
  • beautiful scenery and peaceful
  • お茶とお菓子をたのしみながら、現代版説法を聞きます。 Modern version preaching in Japanese only.