On the road of the stone Buddhas pilgrimage Trail. Difficulty: Beginner
Kyoto City → [40 mins] → Kizugawa City: Gansen-ji
Temple “Amida Nyorai Sitting Statues” (30 mins) →
Kizugawa City: Three stone carved Buddha Statues,
Miroku no Tsuji, Laughing Buddha, Sleeping
Buddha, Crow Barrel Buddha, Atago lantern, Three
Buddhas inside the forest, Joruri-ji Temple “Nine
Amida Nyorai sitting statues” (National treasure) →
[40 mins] → Kyoto City
*Your vehicle will not be available between Gansen-ji Temple and Joruri-ji Temple.
Between Gansen-ji Temple and Joruri-ji Temples, remain several stone Buddhist statues and reliefs, created by hermit monks influenced by Nanto Rokushu Buddhism. Take a walk along the trail dotted with the stone Buddhas, and pass by village stores hanging seasonal produce outside.
Its main hall, itself a national treasure, houses nine statues of sitting Amida Nyorai (National treasures), and statues of the four heavenly kings (National treasures).
Repairs of the nine Amida Nyorai sitting statues, begun in 2018, will take five years to complete.
Located in the Tono area near the border with Nara Prefecture, this temple delights visitors with its stunning natural setting. Surrounded by verdant green for much of the year, fiery red leaves in the fall, and a forest of blooming hydrangeas at the start of the summer.
●Tono Buddha statues / Miroku no Tsuji
Strongly influenced by Nanto Rokushu Buddhism, hermit monks carved a series of Buddhist reliefs into rocks during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). These stone Buddhas now mark the pilgrim trail through the Tono-no-sato area.( Guide tour link)