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Kegon-ji Temple or Suzumushi Temple (the "bell cricket" temple)

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You hear singing of bell crickets in all seasons in the temple called Bell-cricket Temple

Kegon-ji was established as a temple of the Kegon sect of Buddhism in 1723 but later turned into a temple of the Rinzai sect. Situated in Mount Matsuo with beautiful nature, the temple commands a panoramic view of the city of Kyoto. In the premises flowers of the season, trees, mossy stones and bamboo groves are in a pleasant harmony.

The temple is also called "Bell-cricket temple." Bell crickets (homoegryllus japonicuss) have been reared in the temple since shortly after the Second World War. Today as many as 50,000 bell crickets are raised every year and heard singing gently not only in autumn but also in other seasons.

The temple is widely open to the public. Pay an admission fee and you can listen to the abbot's preaching with sweets and tea.

The premises have Manchu-kuyo-zuka, a mound to hold memorial services for insects in autumn. Kofuku Jizo Bosatsu (Bodhisattva Jizo of happiness) that is the only jizo wearing waraji, traditional straw sandals, in Japan is also well known. They say he will satisfy only one wish of anyperson making a wish, whatever wish it may be.

Mossy atmosphere of wabi-sabi and lovely song of bell-crickets attract numerous tourists to the temple.

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Address: 31 Jike-cho Matsumuro, Saikyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: 075-381-3830
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-16:30(last admission) (may be changed temporally)
Admission Fee: 500 yen (with tea and sweets)
Directions: Train: 10 minutes by foot from Hankyu Arashiyama Line Matsuo Station (30 minutes from Kyoto)

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