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Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple

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Address: 34 Gokasho Sanban-wari, Uji 611-0011, Kyoto Prefecture
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萬福寺 [宇治] Manpukuji (Uji)

Manpukuji is a huge Zen temple complex with 23 halls and connecting cloisters dating to the Mid-17th century. Manpukuji has very heavy influences from Ming China, such as the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Manpukuji is a huge Zen temple complex with 23 halls and connecting cloisters dating to the Mid-17th century. Manpukuji has very heavy influences from Ming China, such as the temple’s layout and teachings, and I was struck particularly by the many Chinese-style gates found throughout the temple. The temple was founded by Chinese Zen (Chán) master Ingen Ryūki (Yǐnyuán Lóngqí),... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Manpuku-ji is on the hill-side, about 10 to 15 minutes' walk from JR Obaku. While it is a few times the size of the Byodo-in complex, it gets much fewer visitors. Great if you want to wander around a Buddhist temple complex and avoid the crowds!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

When you are planning to spend a day in the Uji region of Kyoto to visit the Byodo-in Temple, try to include this unique Chinese temple in Kyoto. It’s less than five minutes on foot from JR Obaku Station (or Keihan Obaku Station). The Obaku stations are located one stop (JR) or two stops (Keihan) before reaching respective Uji stations,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

Not far from Kyoto, nevertheless there is a temple of which atomosphere is quite different: quiet, restful and unusual. The temple is Obakusan Manpukuji in Uji, near stations Obaku of a JR-line and a Keihan-line. The temple is the main temple of Obaku-shu, one of the three zen branches, founded in 17 century by an invited chinese monk Ingen Ryuki.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

This temple was built in Uji (near Kyoto) by the influential zen Buddhist monk Ingen around 1660 and named for a temple he had trained in in China. It has unusual features for a Japanese temple, with much Chinese styling. The monks serve a delicious vegetarian lunch (this has to be reserved). The temple was quiet and uncrowded when I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

This temple was built in Ming Chinese style, it's like travelling to China while still in Japan. I went there during Summer so the pink lotus were in full bloom, besides, it was a very hot day and I was the only person around. I felt as if I were inside a dream. Gorgeous.

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