Anao-ji Temple, Kyoto

Located west of Kyoto City, Anao-ji is the 21st temple on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage.

Anaoji Temple Hondo

Anaoji Temple hondo.

In 962 the priest at the temple was shot by a local samurai. When the warrior entered the temple to steal the rich altar-fittings he found the statue of Kannon pierced with an arrow and bleeding from her breast. The samurai repented and went on to fund many of the temple's works. His grave is in the temple grounds.

The temple has a beautiful, black, reclining Buddha, but it is not often on display.