Espunis in Japan

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Home » PLAN AHEAD » Guides » Goshuin » Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

Otagi nenbutsuji goshuin

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple, located in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district, has a rich history dating back to its founding by Emperor Shotoku in the eighth century along the Kamo River, near the renowned Gion district.

Despite facing destruction and reconstruction over the years, it remains a captivating site.

The main highlight is the collection of 1,200 statues of rakan, Buddha’s disciples. Carved by temple visitors under the guidance of priest and sculptor Kocho Nishimura between 1981 and 1991, each statue boasts a unique and often amusing expression or pose.

The temple, with its tranquil atmosphere and intriguing sculptures, is a delightful and worthwhile destination to explore.


Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple is situated in Oku-Sagano, approximately 3 km from Togetsu-kyo Bridge in the Arashiyama district.

Facing the temple, you’ll find the “Otagidera-mae” bus stop, serviced by buses 62, 72, 92, or 94 heading toward Kiyotaki. These buses follow the main street of Arashiyama, making them easy to locate, but note that schedules may be limited, requiring careful planning.

Alternatively, some tourists opt for bicycles, as Arashiyama has numerous rental stores. Recommended options include Railwayman Bicycle Rental and Ranbura Rental Bicycle, both offering electric bikes – a convenient choice for navigating the area’s hills.

For those who enjoy walking, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple is about a 30-minute stroll from downtown Arashiyama, providing a pleasant journey through the historic district of Saga Toriimoto.


Otagi Nenbutsu-ji’s goshuin is 500 ¥.

Opening Hours

The temple is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the admission fee is 300 ¥.

Google Maps

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
Scroll to Top