Short stop at Ryozen Kannon Temple, Kyoto in Spring 2016

Date: 2 April 2016

I was walking from Kiyomizu-dera to Kodaiji when I stumbled upon this large Kannon (Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara) statue surrounded by sakura. Intrigued by the sight, I decided to make a stop here before heading to Kodaiji.

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The entrance fee is only 300 yen, and you will be given an incense stick to be placed in the pot right before the main temple.

Ryozen Kannon Temple is a war memorial for the soldiers who were lost on both sides of World War II. In the temple below the 24m statue, you will see the Juichimen Senju Kannon / Bodhisattva Ekādaśamukha (Eleven-headed Kannon) enshrined here. Both Raijin (God of Thunder) and Fuujin (God of Wind) are also enshrined here.

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The sakura around the temple was splendid, and the lack of crowd here made it easier to admire the scenery.

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Various sakura trees are planted here.

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There is also a stone imprinting Buddha’s foot as seen below.

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In front of the Buddha’s footprint stone is the Aizen Myo-o Hall, enshrining Ragaraja, one of the five Wisdom Kings, the deity known to turn lust into enlightenment. Some refer Aizen Myo-o as the God of Love too.

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Aizen Myo-o Hall

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At the back of the Kannon, there is a staircase which will allow you to enter the Kannon statue. Inside you will see the twelve zodiac sign in the image of Kannon.

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The temple reflects on the aftermath of war – the loss of lives, and to value peace.

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View from the carpark outside the temple
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Author: Jennifer

Hi! I am Jennifer. I enjoy planning my own travels and love traveling in Japan - for the history, nature, temples, and the food! Read more for travel guides of places I have visited.

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