Koryuji Temple was established in the first part of the seventh century and is considered Kyoto's oldest temple. Some of the greatest cultural artifacts from the Heian period are on display within the temple grounds.
Legend has it that Hata no Kawakatsu, founder of Japanese kagura dance, established this temple after receiving the statue of Miroku-Bosatsu from Prince Shotoku
In 1969, one of Miroku-Bosatsu's fingers was accidentally broken off by a university student overwhelmed by the statue's beauty
By train, take the JR San-In line from Kyoto Station to Uzumasa Station. Koryuji Temple is a ten minute walk.
The Kodo hall, where the priests read Buddhist scriptures, was built in the 12th century, while other structures were rebuilt in the 17th century. The Kodo is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property.
Enshrined within this building is a seated figure of Amida-Nyorai Buddha, who presides over Buddhist paradise. This Buddha is a National Treasure, while many other statues within the hall are designated as Important Cultural Properties.
Housed in the neighboring Reiho-den are many ancient Buddhist images, paintings, writings and historical documents, all designated as either National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. The statue of Miroku-Bosatsu, the Buddha of the future, was the first designated National Treasure in Japan, receiving the honor in 1951.