The Ryôzen Kannon, a giant statue in Kyoto 霊山観音

A war memorial for the dead of the Pacific War

With regard to the emblematic sites and monuments of the historic district of Higashiyama, literally "the mountain of the east", the Ryôzen Kannon temple is an outsider in the classic tourist itineraries. However, this place reveals many surprises to its visitors; starting with its memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during the Second World War.

At the end of the Second World War, this businessman and leader of the Teisan group, an automobile transport company (bus and taxi) created in 1946, wanted to promote peace and honor the memory of fallen soldiers .

To do this, he founded the Ryôzen Kannon, a Buddhist temple ensuring the rest of the souls of the fighters, just ten years after the end of the conflict.

Within the precincts of the temple, a chapel, adorned with stained glass serves as a memorial to the two million Japanese and foreign soldiers who died during the fighting in the Pacific zone . A memorial service is held there four times a day.

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Memorial to soldiers who died in World War II

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The goddess Kannon watches over the Higashiyama district

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This treasure from the Nyoi-Houju, the cosmic energy that breathes life into all living beings, comes in a spherical shape .

Two theories dispute the origin of this jewel: it would have emerged from the head of Ryuuou, the dragon king or would have been made from eleven precious materials including the ashes of Buddha, gold, silver and various species of wood.

It would have been hidden during the Heian period (794 - 1185) in a sacred place. A place that today corresponds to the location of the Ryôzen Kannon!

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The Sphere of Wishes of the Ryozen Kannon

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Phone

    +81 75-561-2205
  • Timetable

    From Kyoto Station, take bus No. 206 or No. 207. The temple is a 5-minute walk from the Higashiyama-yasui stop.
  • Price

    Adult: 300 yen. High school student: 200 yen. Child: 100 yen.
  • Access

    Open daily from 8:40 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.
  • Website

    http://www.ryozen-kwannon.jp/indexE.html

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