Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
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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Shana S
Switzerland76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
If you've had enough of the crowds at the usual attractions and have enough time left, you could go to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji. Enough time because it's located a bit remotely. I hiked there most of the way (I'm sure there are easier ways to get there) and got lost a few times. The bamboo forest probably can't be compared to Arashiyama, but I had the small bamboo forest only for myself for a long time and took lots of pictures as I pleased. No crowds and good pictures without tourists getting in the way. The small temple and the cemetery were also unique and beautiful. The whole place had a serene, mystical feel to it. It was somehow different from other temples and shrines I have seen.
Written 25 December 2023
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RonanD_BR
Brasilia, DF202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The temple is located a bit far from Arashiyama center, I recommend to take an Uber if the weather is hot, it's a 30 minutes walk. Very good place to take photos of the bamboo forest without the usual crowd on that location.
Written 11 December 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A small temple off the beaten track which even has a tiny bamboo grove which is much more quiet than Arashiyama Grove. Fascinating stone statues are crammed into a small space surrounded by stone walls. Highly recommended.
Written 27 October 2023
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chriscyl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If want to visit temples in Arashiyama, this is one of few recommended temples, especially during autumn season. Unlike other temple. it is also a cemetery. It have lots of stone statues to commemorate the souls of those who died and is surrounded by blooming red maple trees. The place is very peaceful, have less visitors and offer a beautiful and unique scenery. It also has its own small but equally beautiful bamboo forest. We can take many photos here with less people, as compared to the famous overcrowded Arashiyama bamboo forest. On top of the bamboo forest, is a modern cemetery. As respect, no photo taking is allowed within the stone cemetery area. Outside the area is ok.

We walked about 15-20 mins to this temple after visiting Jojakkoji temple, passing thru the Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street whereby you get to see traditional houses from the Meiji period. Some of the houses are converted to shops and restaurants.As we walked slightly uphill, we saw the stone staircase leading up to the temple, which is located on a slope. There is a small entrance fee to the temple.
Written 21 October 2020
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N S
Ottawa, Canada474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Well worth the visit. Quite small -- some beautiful sections.Uniquely Japanese -- a shrine that somehow blends Shinto and Buddhist religions !
Written 5 October 2019
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Morten B
The Hague, The Netherlands205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
The history of the place is fantastic. The bamboo walk is tranquil and not at all as crowded as the overrated bamboo forest near by.
Written 23 September 2019
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Baldofafe
Vendas Novas, Portugal201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A lovely 15 min walk from the bamboo forest it is a great temple to visit. Off the beaten path, with more than 7500 stone statues, it allows great photos. It also has a bamboo forest which allow pictures alone in a bamboo forest.
Written 3 September 2019
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
It is a hidden gem of Kyoto - curious and quirky. There are numerous stone statues which memorialized the soul of the dead. The temple is situated on up a hill. We visited it after having been to see the Arashiyama bamboo grove. After this temple, we walked north to visit another hidden gem, the unique Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple.
Written 13 July 2019
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Melanie E
Canada1,924 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Off the beaten path, Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple is about a 30 minute walk from Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple. This Buddhist temple’s main hall was built in 1712. It’s a shady and beautiful walk up to the entrance of the temple. For a 500 yen entrance fee, I was given a picture postcard of the bamboo forest instead if of seeing it as it’s under renovations. There are several stones located in different spots of the green shaded moss area.

In a field, there are 8,000 Buddhist rough statutes honoring the souls of the dead. Unfortunately no photography is permitted in the cemetery. Every year, Sento-kuyo, a Buddhist ceremony is held on August 23 and 24, where over 1,000 candles are lit to honor the spirits of the dead. Expect to spend 30 minutes max. here.

Take a bus from Kyoto Station from bus stop C6. Take either bus number 72 or the 74 and get off at "Toriimoto". You are about 5 minutes from the temple.



Written 27 June 2019
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Claudio
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France93 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Just as expensive as much larger and more beautiful temples. The collection of gravestones has a nice backstory, but it is not that impressive (and you are not supposed to take pictures). The bamboo forest has apparently been closed for months; maybe that would add to the value. The walk to get there from the tram/train stations is beautiful. In my opinion, it is better to walk 15 more minutes uphill for a nicer temple.
Written 8 June 2019
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