We included a stop here during a day walking in Hagashiyama, starting from Kiyomizudera and heading north, it is located just before Kodai-ji. This is a little different to other temples along this path, it is war memorial to those lost in WWII and services are held here several times a day.
The statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteśvara) is 24m tall and sits on top of the temple, you will be given incense as you arrive to light and place in the urn before you enter the building. Up the stairs at the back you can enter the statue where other smaller statues are on display. The grounds were very peaceful and stunning with their backdrop of cherry blossom.
There is a memorial hall to all the worlds unknown soldiers and covered walkways display memorial tablets for 2 million Japanese lost in the war. In addition to the large Kannon, temple and memorial hall there is also a large gold wishing ball, Buddhapada (footprints of the Buddha) and pretty gardens.
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