The place name of this temple ‘化野’ is pronounced as ‘Adashino’.
The word ‘Adashino’ has the meaning of “ephemeral” or “emptiness”.
This place was a place for an open-air burial in old days. Therefore it is said that many stone Buddhist images were erected here and there.
There is the place called “西院の河原(Sai-no-Kawara)” that such stone Buddhist images were collected in the precincts of this temple.
Sai-no-Kawara is the Riverbed of the Netherworld. That place is loaded with a stone and makes a tower, and to hope a memorial service.
It is said that there are more than 8,000 stone Buddhist images in this temple.
In addition, there is “Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple” which is famous for “1,200 stone Arhat statues” in the neighborhood of this temple.
- About Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
- Thousands of Candle Festival at Sai-no-Kawara
- Illuminations event of the Atago-Kaidou
- Goshuin(shrine seal or stamp) of Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
- How to get to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
- Hotel search & reservation around Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Adashino Nenbutsu-ji (化野念仏寺 Adashino Nenbutsuji) is a Buddhist temple in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. In 811 Kūkai is said to have founded a temple, then Honen altered it to the present Nenbutsuji. Situated high on a hill overlooking the city from the northwest, it sits in an area where since the Heian period people abandoned the bodies of the dead, exposing them to the wind and rain. Now, some eight thousand Buddhist statuettes, which had been scattered around Adashino then collected about 1903, memorialize the souls of the dead. During its well-known ‘sento kuyo’, a ceremony dedicated to the spirits of the dead, about ten thousand stone statues are lit up with candles.
Open：9:00~16:30(December, January, February : 15:30)
Admission Fee：500 yen(Adults),400 yen(Junior high / high school student)（Children below elementary school are free of charge.）
*1,000 yen (Only as for the period of obon festival)
Adress：17, Sagatoriimoto Adashinocho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8436, Japan
Sento Kuyo (Thousand Lantern Festival) is held on August 23 and 24 during the Jizo-bon period in this temple.
Date：August 23 ~ 24
Time：17:30~20:30(Start of the event:18:00~)
Admission Fee：1,000 yen
■Youtube：Sento Kuyo (Thousand Lantern Festival)
Illuminations event of the Atago-Kaidou is held at the same time of Sento Kuyo.
Date：August 23 ~ 25
Nearest station of Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple is Keifuku Railway Arashiyama Station or JR Arashiyama Station.
It’s about 20~30-minute walk from nearest station.
I recommended that you take a bus or use a rent-a-bicycle.
■The timetable of the Kyotobus(Hankyu Arashiyama Station bus terminal departure)
・Bus routes are “62 or 64 or 72 or 94”.
You get on the bus bound for Kiyotaki (清滝), and get off at “Toriimoto (鳥居本) bus stop”.
The fare is 230 yen for one-way.
■When you take a taxi
From Kyoto Station：4,210 yen ~ 5,120 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Arashiyama Station：1,010 yen ~ 1,210 yen (about 10 minutes)
[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.
[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around Arashiyama Station]*Japanese text only.
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