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    Kochidani Amida-ji Temple

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    Kochidani Amida-ji Temple

    A flower temple dedicated to Amida Nyorai Buddha and the enlightened monk Tanzei situated in northern Kyoto city

    This Jodo sect Buddhist temple quietly stands an hour car trip from central Kyoto, after passing through the popular tourist destination of Ohara.It was founded by the enlightened monk Tanzei from Owari (present-day Aichi prefecture) in 1609 and was also used for Buddhist chant training.It is believed that Tanzei became a Sokushinbutsu (practice of Buddhist monks observing austerities to the point of death and mummification) in a stone coffin.  A statue that Tanzei carved of himself stands in the main hall as the temple is dedicated to him.One can enjoy flowers blooming in different seasons at this temple and from spring to early summer, one of the endangered species of Kyoto prefecture Kurin-so is in bloom.The name Kurin-so comes from the flowers that look like “Kurin”; the nine rings at the top of the pagoda.  There are 500 plants growing here under the careful care of the temple.phot

    Photo/katsuo takashima,written by/akiko okita,Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.


    Name Kochidani Amida-ji Temple
    Address 83 Ohara Kochihira-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-744-2048
    Hours 9:00-16:00
    Recommended Entry: 300 yen