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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

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“stone statues”(15 reviews)
“moss covered”(11 reviews)
“bamboo forest”(14 reviews)
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 different person worth a stop nice respite bit out of the way arashiyama area throngs of tourists enjoy the peace visited arashiyama train station long walk peaceful place well worth the visit private tour disciples
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank maxoujapan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

1  Thank Leena S
Reviewed July 6, 2018

This temple is a bit out of the way but well worth the visit. Its collection of Buddhist Rakkan is delightful. The grounds are peaceful and a nice respite from some of the more popular temples in Kyoto.

1  Thank mfp1994
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

I discovered Otagi while researching sites for a private tour of Kyoto and saw pictures of the charming stone statues, each face being unique, some happy, some sad, others contemplative. I had to see it for myself and I was glad I did, I wanted...More

1  Thank Cathryn C
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Probably one of the most beautiful temples with its stone work crowding along the forest slopes. Also seemed very quiet the end, which I found adds to the beauty.

1  Thank AllanMarie
Reviewed June 11, 2018

Wasn't sure what to expect of this small, relatively unknown out-of-the-way temple. It greatly exceeded my expectations. In short, it is a tranquil and beautiful jewel. Everyone in my family enjoyed the moss-covered statues. We took a taxi to this temple and then walked down...More

1  Thank Jesse M
Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

We got the train to Arashiyama and then hired a bike near the station (totally worth it!!). We then went through the bamboo Forest (parking up for a bit) and afterwards cycled on to do some temple hopping. Unless you have the entire day and...More

1  Thank sharpcaroline
Reviewed June 6, 2018

Definitely worth the long (and beautiful) walk from Arashiyama! I could have easily spent half a day just studying each statue's face and basking in the serenity.

1  Thank mxdeng
Reviewed May 29, 2018

Love this little gem of a temple. Off the beaten path, and quiet. The moss-covered stone people are the highlight. Each one is different. Find your favorite!

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Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
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houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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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.