Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

4.6
Though this hidden gem has some very unusual sights to offer, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple often goes unnoticed amongst the region's huge variety of temples. Here you'll find over 1,200 mossy "rakan," stone sculptures of the Buddha's enlightened disciples, each with its own unique facial expression. Originally founded in the 8th century, the temple has been repaired and moved many times over the years, having faced destruction from both flooding and civil war. The statues were donated by worshippers in honor of the temple's most recent refurbishment, carved by amatuers between 1981 and 1991. You can spend plenty of time inspecting the various depictions of those alone, before even getting to the modest but intricate spiritual structures themselves. To visit Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple on your trip to Kyoto, use our Kyoto travel route builder website .
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  • It's a very small temple, yet one of a kind. Because it is a bit in the outskirt, away from the tourists and crowd, it makes it very nice and peaceful. We took a taxi here early in the morning to star...  more »
  • We got to see covered in a light layer of snow. Absolutely beautiful as we were having our wedding photos there. Highly recommend a visit. Also close to bamboo forest.  more »
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  • Quiet off the beaten path. The carvings of the 羅漢, made by locals. each one is unique. Admission is 300yen
  • Slow your mind and away from crowd. This is temple that fill with many emotion of monk statues. You should grab bus no.94 to come up here. It worths to see and get some good air.
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