Otaki (Waterfall) Matsuri at Ryusen-ji Temple in Okayama City

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura
Okayama City
the fourth Sunday of July

Ryusen-ji is a temple associated with the Nichiren School of Buddhism but on appearances may leave you wondering if it is a temple or a shrine. It is most certainly a temple, despite the elements of Shinto that are present within the complex.

The Shinto elements include the massive torii gates and the references to the fox god Inari. This collaboration between religious systems is standard practice in Japan. The complex at Ryusen-ji Temple is sublime in its beauty with every structure serving a specific purpose. Essentially, worshipers can direct their prayers towards both gods and bodhisattvas on their visit. The most stunning temples are always in the midst of a breathtaking natural environment and Ryusen-ji is no exception, as it is situated on a tree-covered lakeside.

On the fourth Sunday of July, there is an event held at the temple known as the “Waterfall Festival”. At this time, the stream of water that flows continuously from an overhead fountain gushes over the bodies of temple-goers who are steeped in prayer. The Waterfall Festival at Ryusen-ji Temple is an elaborate annual spectacle.

About the Area

Okayama City is best known for its black ‘crow castle’ and adjacent Kourakuen Garden, but this city is undergoing rapid change and growth which has created new attractions for visitors. Momotaro Odori is the central boulevard that runs from the east side of Okayama Station toward the museum-rich Cultural Zone. The Prefectural Museum of Art, located a few blocks off the end of Momotaro Odori, showcases Japanese artists and regularly exhibits works on consignment from international museums and private collections. At the heart of the city, Okayama Station is a transportation hub and a nexus for shopping and dining.

Access: Take the Momotaro Line (Kibi Line) from JR Okayama Station to JR Ashimori Station. Otaki (Waterfall) Matsuri at Ryusen-ji Temple is about a 10-minute taxi ride from JR Ashimori Station.


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