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Bell cricket temple

Bell cricket templeBell cricket temple is a temple of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, and is located just north of Saihoji temple. In Japanese, it is called "Suzumushi-dera".
The formal name is Kegonji, and the temple was founded in 1723.

Bell cricket (Suzumushi) is a kind of insects acting from late summer to autumn.
It sounds like gentle bell with using its wings in the grass at night.
This temple raises thousands of bell crickets, and we can hear the gentle sound all through the year.

Bell cricket is not the only feature of this temple.
The head priest provides tea and sweats for visitors, and gives a humorous preach in the hall. (Of course, the preach is in Japanese.)

In the temple, there is a stone guardian deity named "Kofuku Jizou" (Happy Jizou in English).
It is the only deity with straw sandals in Japan. It will grant your wish.
But you must select only one of your wishes. And how to worship is taught in the preach.

In Japan, such temple entertaining tourists in a positive way is unique.
The admission fee is 500 yen, but very many tourists visit here.
When too many visitors have come, the preach is done by 200 visitors. Overflow visitors must wait until the preach is over. (About half an hour)
There is often a long queue of visitors on the approach.

How to get to here

By route bus (Kyoto Bus)

By route bus with route No. 73 or 83, about 53-59 minutes from Kyoto station to Kokedera-Suzumushidera termnal stop.

By railroad

Get off at Kami-Katsura station on Hankyu Arashiyama Line. Then about 25 minutes walk from there. (About 1.5 km)

Entrance to the temple
Main gate
Bell crickets
Happy Jizou

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