For those who are thinking,
「There’s a temple where you can listen to crickets all year long?!」
「I wanna know some basic info about Suzumushi Temple!」
then this article is for you!
Hello! WABI SABI here, to give foreign visitors the info you need in order to further enjoy Japan!
What we, the information brokers of Japan, would like to introduce to you in this article is a temple that is known for being a bit different, the Suzumushi Temple!
Nw let’s get right into it!
Basic Information About The Suzumushi Temple
The Suzumushi Temple is a famous because you can hear the sound of crickets all year long. It is so famous that people from all over the country come to visit.
The official name of the Suzumushi Temple is “Myotokuzan Kekonji”, and it is affiliated with the Rinzai school.
The temple, Kekonji, was opened by Houtan Shounin and many people visited to receive the charms of Jizo Faith, being accepted into school, entwinement, and wish-making.
The nature around Suzumushi Temple is rich and nice to view in each season. From its beauty, you will be able to feel the idea of “詫び・寂び” (Wabi・Sabi).
How To Enjoy Suzumushi Temple
The reason people from all over the country come to visit is because Suzumushi Temple has a certain charm to it that other temples don’t.
In this part, we will explain that charm and how to enjoy it in detail!
The Preaching Of Suzumushi By The Priest
The Preaching of Suzumushi is a good chance to listen to a monk or priest do a sermon to the sound of crickets in the background.
They have tea and snacks ready for you in the study and along with the sermon and calming cricket sounds in the background, this should be a great memory for you.
Let’s Listen To The Calming Sound Of The Crickets
You can hear the sound of crickets in not only Autumn, but also throughout the whole year!
Recently the sound of crickets have been going away, but the sound is as beautiful and calming as a bell.
When you come to visit, please lend an ear to the crickets beautiful sounds.
A Wish Making Jizo!
At the Suzumushi Temple, there is a Jizo that will make any 1 wish you may have come true.The official name of this Jizo is “Koufuku Jizo Bosatsu”.
This Jizo is the only one in Japan that wears a Waraji. The reason for this is said to be that they are worn to mean the Jizo is walking toward you to make your wish come true.
Why not try and make a wish at the Koufuku Jizo? He may come to make your wish come true.
The Omamori At Suzumushi Temple!
The Suzumushi Temples Omamori and Ofuda contain a personification of the Koufuku Jizo and is in the same shape of it.
It is said that Omamori protect those who have one.
Why not keep one on yourself, just in case?
Ofudas are meant to be used to protect your home or workplace. Why not get one to protect yours and pray before it?
Suzumushi Temple（Myoutokuzan Kegonji）
- Address：31 Matsumurojikechō Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto, 615-8294
- Telephone Number：075-381-3830
- Visiting Hours：9:00~17:00（※Reception ends at 16:30）
- Access Info：The Way To Get To Suzumushi Temple
- Official Homepage：Suzumushi Temple