SpotAdashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Now set your direction Northwest. The hill you'll climb to get there is full of souvenir and craft-type shops. You can have a typical Kyoto lunch of yudofu (boiled tofu) at restaurants with classical essence. These Northeastern foothills of Ogurayama Mountain called Adashino in ancient times, is known to be a place of open graves (from when they let bodies be exposed to the elements rather than modern burial or crematory procedures). Kobo Daishi built Nyorai-ji (Tathagata) Temple as a dedication to the scattered souls of those who died with no one to attend their graves. About 8,000 stone Buddha statues and towers overwhelm its premises. It's quite a world of its own - like a different dimension. The sloping path in front of Nenbutsu-ji Temple is a path that continues on to Atagoyama Mountain. Beyond the old townscape of Saga Toriimoto, traditional Japanese style restaurants with thatched roofing stand one after the next. After a pit stop at any one of these elegant storefronts, set out for Seiryo-ji and Daikaku-ji Temples, heading back the way we came.

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple


京都市右京区嵯峨鳥居本化野町17 あだしの 念仏寺



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