Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a small temple hidden in the north west of Kyoto, in the Sagatoriimoto district. The temple is not really figuring in the to-do list of most of foreigners. Yet, the whole district of Sagatoriimoto is really worthing a visit.
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji has been destroyed and moved several times to a new location. Yet, the temple is famous today for its hundred of Rakan sculptures, made by amateurs, which give them a very unique personality. Each Rakan has its own face and expression. You may wonder the meaning of “Rakan”. A rakan is actually in japanese a person who has attained Nirvana. Althought these statues have been donated is the last decades, humidity and vegetation made them looking as ancestral sculptures.