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Suzumushi Temple, Kyoto

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#53 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
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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  • August 6, 2017
    Admission fee: 500 yen, made tea and sweets, can listen Osho's discourses further. I'm. Best value for money! And and and. Otocari-style candy black grain is turned on and "it's crushed crickets. A-I the depending if you shed the rumors, I ~ (laughs) ". "Like shiso. "Just got the tip over svelte days your words seriously, thankfully with a playful laugh, impressions, was going down the mountain of light. From Kyoto station is about one hour by bus. Good taxi or train, but jolted the city bus is quite fun way until heading 1 size only glimpse of the daily life of the people of Kyoto while Suzumushi. It goes "do you think the crickets, what animals in all? "With talks start to wait for while preparing possible answers to questions from the Abbot and good. Suddenly "Hi, you there! "And well appointed as (laughs). Working overtime more times than many visitors during the lecture, you can listen to is like. Even though that seems to be brought back "Hi, here's how today 's". Take along the long line.
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  • July 25, 2017
    Go ahead if u wanna watching the dumb japanese clowd. 京都が守ってきた美意識の対極にある、下品な観光地。 こんな寺を高評価にしてる人は、ただのステマかよっぽど足りないのだろう。  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    Listen to welcome to talk and goes to the temple Abbot fun. Distant sounds of crickets chirping. That jizo wearing waraji wishes coming from the House. Wishes come true! Is a bit far, but please try to go!
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  • April 28, 2016
    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
  • May 25, 2016
    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.
  • July 17, 2016
    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 )
  • February 7, 2015
    This temple was crowded but I enjoyed. The priest talks only in Japanese.
  • August 29, 2016
    beautiful scenery and peaceful

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