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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  • We really enjoyed our time at the his temple. Our tour guide took us here without us asking for it on our itinerary and we were very glad he did. All of the little statues were a joy to peruse and the guide made a game of trying to get us to find ones like a photograp her, a clown, Mohammed Ali, etc. This was one of the quieter and more solemn places we visited in Kyoto and there were few people there even in the heart o f cherry blossom season. Highly recommended.
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  • The temple is so clean and in it there are too much to discover from it. To increase your Temple appearance and design, actually you have to visit this wonderfull Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
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  • Visiting this temple was a beautiful experience. The walk to get there from Arashiyama tram/train station will soon bring you far from the tourist mass. You'll find cozy shops, cafes and restaurants on the way. The temple grounds are beautiful, covered in moss and with hundreds of very expressive statues. Read the pamphlet to know more about their story; you will enjoy it more. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Absolutely adored this temple. Was practically empty when we arrived around 8:30 AM, so we had an amazingly peaceful experience. It was fun to walk around and see all the different carved stone people. After the temple, you can walk easily down the hill to other shrines, shops, and the bamboo forest areas. Probably my favorite place in all of Kyoto!
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