BLOGWalking2021.09.09

Remains of the Great Buddha of Kyoto

Do you know that there used to be the "Kyo no Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kyoto)" that was the biggest in Japan?

It is said that it was built in Hoko-ji Temple in Higashiyama, Kyoto by Toyotomi Hideyoshi following the Great Buddha in Nara.

In 1596, just before the completion of the first Daibutsu, it was destroyed by the Keicho-Fushimi earthquake.

It happened just before Great Buddha's eyes will be opened.

Soon after, Hideyoshi passed away, and the Kaigan-Hoyo (Buddhist memorial service to open the eyes of the Great Buddha) was held at the Great Buddha Hall where the Great Buddha was absent.

It was later rebuilt in the Tenpo era of the Edo period, and the fourth was burned down in 1973.

It is said that the Great Buddha of Kyoto in Hoko-ji Temple disappeared after this.

The site where the Great Buddha Hall used to be is around the torii gate of present-day Toyokuni-jinja Shrine.

In addition to Toyokuni-jinja Shrine, it is said that Kyoto National Museum, Chishaku-in Temple and Sanju-sangen-do hall used to be in the area of Hoko-ji Temple.

The Great Buddha Hall was in the49 meters east-west direction and 81 meters in the north-south direction, and it is said that the height of the Great Buddha was about 19 meters.

Yaji-Kita, the main character of "Tokai Dochu Hizakurige" (Shanks' Pony along the Tokaido), says, "You can put eight tatami mats in the palm of the Great Buddha."

It is said that it was much bigger than the Great Buddha of Nara.

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The name "Shomen-dori Street (In front of street)", which runs east and west in front of Toyokuni Shrine, is said to have originated from the fact that it was in front of the Great Buddha.

The place where the pedestal of the Great Buddha Hall used to be is maintained.
And it is called "Great Buddha Hall Ruins Green Zone".

There are also places like the Kyoto-Daibutsu-mae Post Office (Kyoto in front of Buddhist Post Office) and Daibutsu-mae Police Box where we can see the vestiges of the past.

Kyoto-Daibutsu-mae Post Office (Kyoto in front of Buddhist Post Office) is a small post office used by local people, but it is good for the Fukei-in (scenery rubeer stamp) like first picture on this article.

The design is not the phantom "Great Buddha of Kyoto" but the bell of Kokka Anko of Hoko-ji Temple which still exists.

When we send a postcard or a letter, it would be nice to attach a landmark's rubber stamp at the post office.

If you ask for a "Fukei-in (scenery rubeer stamp)" at the window, you may get a stamp on a postcard.

I think I can deliver the wind of Kyoto to my precious person who we can't meet now.

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Hoko-ji Temple
527 -2 Chayamachi, Yamato-oji Higashi-iru, Shomen Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk to the east from Keihan Shichijo Station


Kyoto-Daibutsu-mae Post Office (Kyoto in front of Buddhist Post Office)
4 -136 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City (the first floor of the No-Sight Building)
5 minutes walk to the northeast from Keihan Shichijo Station

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