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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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  • As a God of love until the famous Suzumushi from Kyoto station 73 / 83 bus Suzumushi-end until transfer in without you can go. There are temples to Suzumushi and get off the bus, so we go 2 or 3 minutes and stairs to the left and up. You could hear the story first because I visited early in the morning. Tea and sweets. In about 30 minutes, will be replaced. Suzumushi and say only, and kept a lot of crickets and tone is sounded. After talk of amulet jizo bodhisattva wearing waraji, so you can buy and make a wish, is ending. GW is likely wait for many hours. I saw anyone wish is true, thank you for the visit.
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  • Rustic temple in the town. The store of tourist destinations should be the matrix on Saturdays and Sundays. Invited during the temple has restricted the time comes it is put that forward autumn of any size is. Has been served cake and tea in front of the young priest preaching to hear it for a while. Tell a funny thought of good punctuated by jokes, but longer. 30-minute sit tight (painting once again is occupied so it can difficult to). Is worth a look, but in ready to please.
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  • Because marriage in the Temple famous women's group just what I thought were quite ideal for families and couples. I would be so crowded there, I also got a wait depending on the time zone. To be entertaining sermons and understand is recommended because it will make it easy to.
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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.