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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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  • Think better if you visit Temple here was once preaching in almost the same content every time, sales of amulet or talisman. It was a sermon doesn't care too much to heart.
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  • Spoke with the leisurely walk because the road is very crowded. Thanks to autumn last October on weekdays or Makena road, train, relax comfortably is lame Suzumushi-side walk from the road the bus was clean and big, not worship globeflower is kindergarten, can walk while feeling everyday Kyoto stairs to a little painful. Autumn is always Lee's Lee's and has heard the talk for tea and sweets in the room singing, while there was fun, I will as well. I came back, I was a little bit numbed by the foot, so women get in easy-to-break the legs and finally the famous jizo shrine and one only wishes. But wishes the best to make it happen. I think we want to fulfill the firm as you wish, so I try! Many believe that and I am happy
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  • It was a place we visited here for the first time, could have imagined more than! Small if compared to Kiyomizu Temple, such as the location of the priest talk anyway interesting, such as using the wrong notes and how to make their wishes can listen to a lot of things. Amusingly spoken, but very useful. Priest issued a problem rapidly or, or hand control questions and further guests can hear but not so. Put in 500 yen, as well as tea and sweets. When you can buy at 300 yen yellow amulet, so come to jizo. You can see the small garden. Skate stone stairs and streets on a rainy day, so I better be nice. Talk to little kids may feel boring. As an aside, from bus stop to Suzumushi has places such as small garden. Might want to break on the bench, it's sunny.
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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.