Otani-Honbyo in Kyoto is the Graveyard of Shinran, the founder of Jodo-Shinshu Sect of Buddhism.

Being adjacent to Gojo-zaka slope, one of the approaches to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Otani-Honbyo is lying with solemnity. Shinran passed away in 1263 and was buried under a modest tombstone in Higashiyama, Kyoto. Long after that, his remains were moved to present Otani-Honbyo as shown in the picture by his followers in 1603. A charnel house and cemetery for common devotees of Jodo-Shinshu Sect are annexed to this facility. A morning market is regularly held here on the 16th of each month, as the 16th is the date of Shinran's death. This market has long been loved by the locals.


Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.



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