This temple is the small temple which there is in the northern part of Arashiyama.

The chief priest of this temple was the sculptor who dealt with the restoration of a lot of Buddhist images in famous Sanjusangen-do Temple.

“If there is even a feeling to pray for, anyone can make a Buddhist image.”

All the Buddhist images in this temple are handmade Buddhist images by the general worshiper, and more than 1,200 Buddhist images are worshiped in this temple.

All Buddhist images are very individual.


  1. About Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
  2. 1,200 Buddhist images
  3. Individual Buddhist image!
  4. Goshuin of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
  5. How to get to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

1.About Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji (Japanese: 愛宕念仏寺) is a Buddhist temple in the Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto, Japan.
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji was founded by Empress Shōtoku in the middle of the eighth century. Though was destroyed by the flooding of the Kamo River, it was rebuilt as an offshoot of Enryaku-ji, a nearby temple. In the 13th century, it was again destroyed during a civil war. The temple was moved to its current location in 1922, later suffering typhoon damage in 1950.
The gate of the temple contains two fierce-looking Nio statues. Inside the temple are more than 1200 rakan, stone statues representing the disciples of Buddha. These statues, in keeping withrakan traditions, are generally humorous.[citation needed] The sculptures were donated in 1981 in honor of the refurbishment of the temple. Most were carved by amateurs, taught by sculptor Kocho Nishimura.

Open:8:00~16:45(The entrance gate closes at 5:00 p.m.)
Admission fee:300 yen(Chirdren are free)
Adress:2-5, Sagatoriimoto Fukatanicho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8439, Japan

About Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple・・・

Admission fees are 300 yen (Adults).

This is the Deva gate of this temple. This temple is chaitya of the Tendai sect.

This is the “Sambo-no-kane” which is the bell tower of this temple. Timbre varies for each bells.(○´艸`)

This is the Fureai-Kannondo.

This is the Jizo-do. God who protects a town of Kyoto from a fire is worshiped.

The main hall of this temple is rebuilt in the Kamakura era, and this is the important cultural property of the country.
A principal idol of this temple is Senju Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a thousand arms).

This is a Two-storied pagoda. It is surrounded by a lot of Buddhist images.

2.1,200 Buddhist images

The highlight of this temple is 1,200 Buddhist images.

All Buddhist images are very individual. (○´艸`)

Many Buddhist images welcome you warmly.

A lot of Buddhist images!!

All Buddhist images are very individual.  d(*゚ー゚*)

This is a Buddhist image covered with moss. It’s very tasteful. (○´艸`)

1200 Rakan to see from the top of the slope.

1200 Rakan to see from the main hall of this temple.

The precincts of the temple are full of Buddhist images as far as I look around this temple.

3.Individual Buddhist image!

This is a Buddhist image joining its hands in prayer with a calm face.

This is the Buddhist image which hug a child. (○´艸`)

This is a Buddhist image which is drinking together. d(*゚ー゚*)

This is a Buddhist image doing a banzai. (○´艸`)

There was the Buddhist image of a very fearful face, too. (*´・ェ・`*)

This is a Buddhist image playing tennis・・・!! (○´艸`)

This one is a Buddhist image playing boxing. (○´艸`)

Besides this, there are a lot of individual Buddhist images.

Please look for your favorite Buddhist image. (○´艸`)

4.Goshuin of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

This is the Goshuin of principal idol of this temple (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a thousand arms).

5.How to get to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

Nearest station of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple is Keifuku Railway Arashiyama Station or JR Arashiyama Station.

It’s about 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 To Kiyotaki, and get off at “Otagideramae bus stop”.) The fare is 230 yen for one-way.

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka)

■Route Example (From Kyoto)

■Keifuku Railway Arashiyama Station→Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

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