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2-5 Saga Toriimotofukatanicho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8439, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-865-1231
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All reviewsstone statuesmoss coveredbamboo forestdifferent personworth a stopnice respitebit out of the wayarashiyama areaenjoy the peacethrongs of touristsvisited arashiyamatrain stationlong walkpeaceful placebeautiful walkwell worth the visitprivate tour
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is a bit out of the way but well worth the visit. Its collection of Buddhist Rakkan is delightful. The grounds are peaceful and a nice respite from some of the more popular temples in Kyoto.

Thank mfp1994
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I discovered Otagi while researching sites for a private tour of Kyoto and saw pictures of the charming stone statues, each face being unique, some happy, some sad, others contemplative. I had to see it for myself and I was glad I did, I wanted...More

Thank Cathryn C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably one of the most beautiful temples with its stone work crowding along the forest slopes. Also seemed very quiet the end, which I found adds to the beauty.

Thank AllanMarie
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Wasn't sure what to expect of this small, relatively unknown out-of-the-way temple. It greatly exceeded my expectations. In short, it is a tranquil and beautiful jewel. Everyone in my family enjoyed the moss-covered statues. We took a taxi to this temple and then walked down...More

Thank Jesse M
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

We got the train to Arashiyama and then hired a bike near the station (totally worth it!!). We then went through the bamboo Forest (parking up for a bit) and afterwards cycled on to do some temple hopping. Unless you have the entire day and...More

Thank sharpcaroline
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Definitely worth the long (and beautiful) walk from Arashiyama! I could have easily spent half a day just studying each statue's face and basking in the serenity.

Thank mxdeng
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Love this little gem of a temple. Off the beaten path, and quiet. The moss-covered stone people are the highlight. Each one is different. Find your favorite!

Thank nycbos8
Reviewed 29 May 2018

We were lucky to share this temple with no one during our visit so the experience was wonderful, you can really feel the spirituality of the place when it is quite, the sculpture is amazing.

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 27 May 2018

This may not be the most famous temple in the Kyoto area, but it surely is a must-visit. If you go to Arashiyama, do not hesitate and stop at it. We went there walking from the Bamboo Forest, the walk may be a bit long...More

Thank Berta B
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Otagi nenbutsuji is a bit out of the way requiring either a cab or long walk - but the walk is pleasant and cool being in the mountains. The temple itself is very charming with many little Buddha’s carved. The monk that works there is...More

Thank Christina C
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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
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Sarah C
27 March 2018|
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Response from Sean F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sarah, No it would be difficult to hail a cab at Otagi Nenbutsuji. You may be able to request a cab be called for you by the man who works there. However, both times I have visited I have walked back to the station. I... More
Michelle B
31 October 2017|
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Response from Sean F | Reviewed this property |
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji opens at 8am and closes at 5pm, with entry gate closing at 4.45pm. The price is 300 yen to enter.