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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

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The temple, originally called Otagi-ji Temple, was first built in the Otagi District (The central part of present-day Kyoto) by order of Emperor Shotoku in the latter half of the 8th century. At the beginning of the Heian period (794-1192), the...more
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2-5 Saga Toriimotofukatanicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8439, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews stone statues moss covered bamboo forest preserved street worth a stop nice respite bit out of the way arashiyama area throngs of tourists peaceful place visited arashiyama tourist spot train station long walk well worth the visit private tour disciples
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 start our tour of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hollywoodarcadia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tyson B
Reviewed November 28, 2018

This is around 20 minutes walk from Gioji temple and makes for a good walking destination originally starting at the Bamboo forest though pleasant rural and residential areas. Roads are quiet and beyond the Bamboo walk the crowds also disappear. The temple is famous for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Scenic822562, 住職 at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018
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1200 stone statutes⇒Rakan Otagi-ji

Reviewed November 13, 2018

This was one of my favourite temples of Kyoto, the others were crowded and busy- this one had alot of charm and a lovely history, the statues were very interesting. We were lucky to have a private tour guide who gave us the details of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sam_wise_0404
Reviewed October 31, 2018

This huge statue of Buddha is very imposing indeed, it can get very crowded best to go early you will not regret going.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank nigsandmary
Reviewed October 24, 2018

This Temple is huge and has a very interesting story, it doesn't look llike the others. We were very happy we saw this particular temple.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed October 21, 2018

My friend found this temple in our pre-trip research and fell in love with the 1200 little statues throughout the temple so we had to check it out. We went to the Bamboo Forest right away in the morning to avoid the crowds (which we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CommonGroundTraveler
Reviewed October 7, 2018

There are a lot of temples around in Kyoto but I highly love and recommend this one. Located not so far from Adashino Nembutsuji, this temple is very remote but located nearby a very charming preserved street. Altogether, the hike to go is really beautiful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank maxoujapan
Reviewed September 28, 2018

There are a lot of shrines and temples around. This is a unique one and very much worth the trip from bamboo forest. It’s a cab ride though because it s up a steep hill with no where to walk by the side of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Ayelet B
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a highly worth the while place to visit based on our experience. It's out of the way hence the lack of tourists around which made the experience alittle more personal. Its beautifully set amongst the trees and side of a mountain. Absolutely stunning....More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank leenas52
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Patty A
October 16, 2018|
Response from Margaret C | Reviewed this property |
We only visited the temple during the day so no reservation was required. We were staying the night at another temple.
Sarah C
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Sean F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sarah, No it would be difficult to hail a cab at Otagi Nenbutsuji. You may be able to request a cab be called for you by the man who works there. However, both times I have visited I have walked back to the station. I... More
Michelle B
October 31, 2017|
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Response from Sean F | Reviewed this property |
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji opens at 8am and closes at 5pm, with entry gate closing at 4.45pm. The price is 300 yen to enter.