Nov 10

Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto

Every year when the fall leaves turn, the magical Japanese creature called the tengu comes down from Mt. Atago to Otagi Nenbutsuji, and a ritual to ward off evil spirits is performed. Shooting arrows in the air and loudly beating wooden clappers, five tengu—one blue-faced, one gold-faced, others multicolored—work vigorously to scare away the evil spirits. There will be a taiko drumming performance given by children before the ritual begins. There are also 1,200 Buddhist stone statues to see in this temple.

Time: 1pm–2:30pm
Admission: ¥300 adults, concessions
Access: JR Saga Arashiyama Stn, bus to Otagidera-mae
Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Kyoto