Horin-ji Temple, Kyoto

Horin-ji Temple, Kyoto

On a hill above Arashiyama's famous Togetsukyō bridge sits Hōrin-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple with a Kokūzō Bosatsu, known to be one of the three most highly recognized Bodhisattvas in Japan for making you wiser and helping you master more quickly whatever you might be learning.

In fact, one of the most interesting celebrations hosted here (on December 8th) is "Hari-Kuyō" – a memorial to all the sewing needles broken in Japanese women's service during the past year, and an opportunity to pray for improved skills. "Jusan Mairi" is even more important a tradition whereby children who turned 13 y.o. pray at the Kokūzō Bosatsu for wisdom for a successful future. Afterwards, superstition says, they must cross Togetsukyo Bridge without saying a single word, or the wisdom they received would be lost. On or around this day, many families visit with their girls dressed in blinding bright kimonos and posing like they're just the best things alive.

The temple complex features a nice platform with outstanding views over Arashiyama and the surrounding hills, but check out the vegan restaurant next to it too, as well as the unusual Shinto shrine dedicated to a God who vigorously guards electricity, electronics and radio waves. Look closely and you may even find a memorial with plaques of Thomas Edison and Heinrich Rudolf Hertz nearby (though, sadly, not a mention of the God of electric lightning himself – Nikola Tesla aka the Thor of Serbia).

It's nice just to walk around the complex and to enjoy the architecture from the outside, at no cost.

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Sight Name: Horin-ji Temple
Sight Location: Kyoto, Japan (See walking tours in Kyoto)
Sight Type: Religious
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