Kyoto Sights

Adashino Nembutsu-ji (Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple)

  • 17 Adashino-cho Map It
  • Ukyo-ku
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The most unusual feature of this temple is its cemetery, where about 8,000 stone images stand, a solemn sea of silent mourners. The statues honor the many nameless dead who fell victim to the tumult of pre-Edo Japan and were abandoned in the outskirts of the city, burned here in mass pyres. On August 23 and 24, a ceremony called Sento-kuyo is held here, with more than 1,000 candles lighted for the peaceful repose of these spirits. Whatever time of year you visit, the quiet repose of the multitude of images will make a lasting impression. The temple's main hall, built in 1712, contains an arresting statue of Amida Buddha carved by the Kamakura-era sculptor Tankei.

Sight Information


17 Adashino-cho, Saga-toriimoto, Kyoto, 616-8436, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥500
  • Mar.–Nov., daily 9–4:30; Dec.–Feb., daily 9–4

Published 12/10/2015


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