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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. To visit Suzumushi Temple and get the most from your holiday in Kyoto, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kyoto online attractions planner .
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  • As I had heard lots of rumors great foliage season, so people and is 40-minute wait, and us in the parking lot. Finally enters, and side by side in found reason for delay. Tea cake and seats have been watching the crickets, all sitting waiting. Then began the tale of the priest. More and more drawn into the story, lol lol. No Tate ayanokoji you listen to storytellers, or Marshmallow in a surprise. Very inspirational when I go talk to everyone bought the amulet to convince. It was wonder to reverse it at 500 yen. The tale of the priest come as typhoons or snow day queues seemed to me (lol)
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  • Located just 5 minutes walk from the bus station. Signs and. The admission of replacement every 30 minutes. Wait for the line on the steep and narrow stairs. Bosal wore straw sandals and outside the gates. Could you tell me, ask here is our priest properly in the sermon clearly. Buzzing of crickets in Hondo is a (all year round). In the temple are works and air conditioning. Sermon of the priest is happy like the anyient is talking about, but the point is, strictly and very due to I will. Tea and sweets. No refills. The garden is very small. Main's sermon priest for about 30 minutes with the sound of crickets. The Board is a water-like sermon that was well thought out, I was impressed. Temple sermon more so I hear it is. It is a very valuable sermon.
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  • Globeflower at bus stop 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Rise Hall in adults 500 yen, tea and snacks while listening to the sermon, and I pray jizo, that is. Take off your shoes in the room and more. Lined with long desk and floor cushions, put about 200 people MAX. In the room beside the number of tanks and the crickets are chirping. Seems that there are crickets, over 6,000 animals. When it's busy, but I have to go up to the temple on past the stairs, is lined up to the bus stop. Please note that the slippery stairs! Your story was about 20 minutes. Day by day it seems different. You might get tired towards the end. Next to the toilet. Our garden room is stunning. It is very beautiful. Apparently will come to see the guardian deity of children jizo was wearing sandals and wishes come true. So, it seems I must say that when asked to name and postal address. Wait there was a new temple and poor access is deducted.
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  • Formaly named a Kegon-ji Temple but commonly known as Suzumushi-dera Temple named after the thousands of bell crickets (suzumushi) that are reared all year round. It costs 500 JPY as admission fee but worth of it. You can enter the Suzumushi room, hear the preach(in Japanese thou) and have some green tea.
  • An interesting temple with a lively talkative monk. It was really enjoyable.
  • Beautiful place, definitely a must see.
  • 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
  • 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 )

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