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Rokuharamitsuji Temple, Kyoto: 1 reviews and 5 photos

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Rokuharamitsuji is a small but fascinating temple in the Higashiyama area. It was founded by the priest Kuya Shonin and built at the supposed gateway between this world and the netherworld. Outside the temple there are stones with wishes/prayers written on them and some statues. It's free to visit the temple, but if you come to Rokuharamitsuji, the temple treasures are a must-see! Those with a genuine interest in Buddhist art should try to make it to this temple!

In the treasure hall is the famous statue of Kuya Shonin reciting the Nembutsu. Kuya Shonin is one of the major figures in the Pure Land (Jodo) sect of Buddhism, which believed that one could reach the Pure Land simply by reciting the name of Amida Buddha. The statue features Kuya Shonin with tiny versions of himself appearing to walk out of his mouth. Each of the figures coming out of his mouth represents a syllable (mora) of the nembutsu (Namu Amida Butsu); a visual representation of speech. It's really quite brilliant! The other works, such as the Yakushi Nyorai and Jizo are also great works of art, dating back to the Heian Period.

It's a small temple that is rarely part of the typical tourist itinerary, but this temple is a real Kyoto gem!

The treasure house costs 600 yen to enter.

Phone: +81 75-561-6980

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  • Written Jul 25, 2010
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