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Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple

#88 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: 17 Saga Toriimotoadashinocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8436, Kyoto Prefecture
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Sento Kuyo

I had a chance to visit Adashino Nenbitsuji on the day of Sento Kuyo religious ceremony, which takes place only once a year (Aug.23-24). The stone Buddhas illuminated by candle... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
Kimitaka S
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many temples in Northern Arashiyama region and Adashino Nenbutsuji is one of the temples has its own distinctive character. First of all it has a small bamboo path going to the back side of the temple and small statues that depict the the bodies of the dead left by people, exposing them to the wind and rain. We... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

At the time of our mid-morning visit, we were the only people walking around, peacefully absorbing this mystical place. There are thousands of ancient lichen-covered stone statues in the cemetery area, each placed in memory of a deceased person. This is a well known Buddhist funeral site since ancient times. It is well worth a visit, particularly to avoid the... More 

Thank Michelle_RQ
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

been there at the peak of momiji season, it's outstanding even for arashiyama. the temple has it's own bamboo forest which is far more interesting and less crowded than the famous one in sagano.

1 Thank delilahCF
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I came here because the pictures on TripAdvisor made the temple look great and the stones looked huge. I got there (which was a bit far off from Arashiyama) and the stones were a smaller than I imagined. The garden around was nice but nothing noteworthy. Only visit if you have spare time

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I had a chance to visit Adashino Nenbitsuji on the day of Sento Kuyo religious ceremony, which takes place only once a year (Aug.23-24). The stone Buddhas illuminated by candle lights were just fantastic!

Thank Kimitaka S
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

A graveyard with over 8000 buddhist statuesto symbolise the souls of the dead. The temple sits in an area where people used to abandon the bodies of the dead, quite morbid but interesting!

1 Thank Chelsea B
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Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Sorry, this is a waste of time and 500 yen. If they advertised that there were no photos allowed before buying ticket I wouldn't dream of coming here (thanks lonely Planet...). Just don't bother.. The bamboo path is here, but a better one can be experienced for free closer to the train station.

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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

A quiet walk north of Arashiyama takes one through the Saga Toriimoto Preserved street to the Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple. It's a beautiful peaceful temple with a Stupa and Toran straight from India! For us it was like being transported back to Sanchi, India. A beautiful serene temple with very few visitors, it is best clubbed with a visit to Arashiyama... More 

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Reviewed 23 April 2016

化野念仏寺: 仏舎利塔、とらな鳥居、西院の河原、八千体の石仏、石塔、竹林。 The temple is claimed to have been founded by Kūkai in 811. In this area of Arashiyama dead bodies used to be interred with Buddhist statuettes for graves. Around 1903 the statuettes were collected from around Arashiyama and erected at Adashino Nenbutsuji. During the Sentōkuyō 千灯供養 “thousand light” memorial service, a thousand statuettes are lit-up with candles. Many... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

This place is definitely off the beaten track, but is totally worth the 20 min walk from Daikaku-ji. It has proper character and out the back is the best Bamboo Forest! To get here, get a taxi from Arashiyama's main street or a bus to Daikakuji and then walk or get a taxi from there. Just go...you'll love it.

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Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea 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 impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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