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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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  • I went to grant my wish. I heard it was crowded, but i arrived at about 16 o'clock and was immediately guided. I listened to the sound of the bell worm, and listened to the explanation for the tea and the cake. It was fun. I want to go to thank you when my wish comes true.
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  • It is a famous temple that jizo-sama who put on the waraji grantthe wish. It is a form to purchase the amulet after listening to the theory of about 30 minutes and to make a request to the jizo. It's not only interesting to hear the priest's story, but it's also worth going. I visited the shrine twice, but when I went there, there were only Japanese people. Admission is 500 yen, and you can purchase a red seal and amulet for 300 yen. If you would like to receive a red seal, you will be asked to pay the fee as soon as you go inside. At that time, you will receive a number tag after the preaching is over. Buses to Suzumuji temple are small, so it is recommended that you check the bus time in advance. If you are not good at getting on the bus for a long time, there is a way to take the bus from arashiyama park front by walking to Saga Arashiyama Station by JR and walking to Togetsubashi for about 10 minutes. I went the way above. In the coming season, it is better to take insect repellent measures as well as heat stroke measures.
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