Attraction 2-5 Sagatoriimoto Fukatanicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8439, Japan Published on: 28-02-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|08:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
OtagiNenbutsuji Temple is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why OtagiNenbutsuji Temple is special ?
OtagiNenbutsu-ji Temple stands silently in the mountainous area of OkusagaToriimoto. The temple overlooks an old town at the foot of Mount Atago. Originally, this temple was commissioned by Emperor Shotoku in the mid 8th century and named Otagi Temple. After being destroyed several times during its long history, it was finally restored as OtagiNenbutsu-ji Temple. An assemblage of important Buddhist statues, including the Eleven-faced and Thousand-hand Kannon and a group of 28 Buddhist statues are solemnly enshrined in the main hall. There are a number of handmade, stone Buddhist statues all around the temple ground that were donated by the worshippers. Every statue has a different face and it may be fun to try to find the one that has a similar face to you!
What to explore at OtagiNenbutsuji Temple?
Located in Ukyo Ward of Kyoto City, OtagiNenbutsu-ji Temple silently sits in the woods of Sagano area. The principal image of this temple is Senju Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy with 1,000 hands). People call this temple The Temple of 1,200 Rakan (the stone statues of Buddha's disciples). It is also known as a starting point for exploring Sagano, as it is located at the foot of the Mount Otagi where a hiking trail begins.
There are temples that have 500 Rakan statues, but none that have as many as the 1,200 Rakan statues you can see in this temple. If you visit here, the 1,200 Rakan statues sitting among the trees will welcome and entertain you with various faces.
How to get to OtagiNenbutsuji Temple?
By Japan Railways (JR)
The fastest access from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama is provided by the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line). The one way ride from Kyoto Station to Saga-Arashiyama Station takes 15 minutes and costs 230 Yen.
From Saga-Arashiyama Station, central Arashiyama can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk.
By Hankyu Railways
From Kawaramachi or Karasuma Station in central Kyoto (Shijo Street), take the Hankyu Main Line to Katsura Station and transfer to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line for Arashiyama. The one way trip takes about 20 minutes and costs 220 Yen.
Hankyu Arashiyama Station is located on the opposite side of the river, about a 5-10 minute walk from central Arashiyama.
Bus lines connect Arashiyama with several parts of Kyoto, however, it is recommended to access Arashiyama by train to avoid the risk of getting stuck in traffic jams.
By Car / taxi
tell the taxi driver to take you to the OtagiNenbutsu-ji, the temple is on your left side, hill side. before the road enters the tunnel.
- Spiritiual and surprising trip to modesty
- A quiet corner of Kyoto
- Long, lovely walk - totally worth it
- Different from other temples
- Peaceful quiet and unique place
2-5 Sagatoriimoto Fukatanicho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8439, Japan
Tips for you
We walked from the train station, through the bamboo forest, and past many other temples and some very nice homes to reach this temple. It's an incredible walk - one of the loveliest, I think. When you do reach OtageNenbutsuji Temple, you are rewarded with 1200 delightful Buddha statues, (all unique), a beautiful gold Buddha, and some great scenery. It had snowed the day before, so we were very lucky not only have the place entirely to ourselves, but the picturesque dusting of snow over the statues was really quite something. It was a bonus for us to be in Arashiyama for the nighttime illuminations, so on the walk back, we saw everything lit with lanterns. Many temples are open late and it got pretty lively. Coming from the other end, we were going against the flow of foot-traffic, which can get very heavy. If you like the more offbeat, odd places, then this might be for you. I don't know how many trips to Kyoto it will take for me to finally see everything, but I intend to try!
This was one of my favourite temples in Arashiyama and possibly all of Kyoto. Otaginenbutsuji is at the end of a little country road not far from another temple with a similar name so be careful you don't end up in Adashinonenbutsuji instead. Otagi has hundreds of small Buddha sculptures, each one slightly different from the next. They are very cute. It's a lovely temple and well worth visiting as it is off the beaten track and not as visited as some of the better known temples.