Adashino is mentioned in a poem towards the end of The Tale of Genji. The area was originally a cremation ground, with stone gravemarkers dotted around the surrounding bamboo forests.
Gravestones facing a statue of Amida at Adashino Nembutsuji Temple.
About a century ago, these gravestones dating from Heian times were gathered up and placed in Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple. The temple also contains a scale replica of the 1st-century stupa at Sanchi, in central India.
Adashino Nembutsuji's scale model of the 1st century stupa at Sanchi, central India.
Gravestones and stupa at Adashino Nembutsuji Temple.