Although small compared to many large temples, this is one of those temple which play a large part in the city’s most important religious holiday, Obon. This festival, which takes place in early August, is when the Japanese have traditionally welcomed back the spirits of their departed ancestors. The family readies the family altar for Obon, which means replacing all its offering dishes.

The nearby potters of the Kiyomizu district always have a pottery fair (toki ichi), August 7-9, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both sides of Gojo Dori from the Kamo River to Higashi Dori. 

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