Konkai-Komyoji Temple, referred to fondly by locals as "Kurodani san,” is regarded as the thatched hut Honen Shonin, founder of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, first built when he arrived. There are 18 sub-temples on the vast temple grounds that span over 40,000 square meters. The area is also famous for being the location of the main shrine of the Kyoto guardian and Aizu clan at the end of the Tokugawa period. The reason why Konkai-Komyoji Temple was chosen at this location is because it lies on a small hill as if it were a natural fort. Like a castle in itself, there is only a small gate on the southside for entry to protect against invasion. Konkai-Komyoji Temple is also known as the birthplace of the Shinsengumi, the special police force during the Bakumatsu period, and you can always find history buffs here. Special public viewings are held in the fall every year to enjoy the changing of the colors in the private garden" Shiun no niwa.” Also, in recent years “Goko Shiyui Amida statue,” or the Afro Buddha statue, has been trending on social media. Come pray to this graceful Buddha who accidentally grew his hair out because he was too busy immersed in training and praying for salvation.
121, Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
Jōdoshū daihonzan sect
Special viewing fee is charged
Take Kyoto city bus, get off at "Okazaki Jinja-mae" 10 minute walk from the stop
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