Kasagi, Kyoto

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Kasagi
笠置町
Town
Flag of Kasagi
Flag
Official seal of Kasagi
Chapter
Location of Kasagi in Kyoto Prefecture
Location of Kasagi in Kyoto Prefecture
Kasagi is located in Japan
Kasagi
Kasagi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°46′N 135°56′E / 34.767°N 135.933°E / 34.767; 135.933Coordinates: 34°46′N 135°56′E / 34.767°N 135.933°E / 34.767; 135.933
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Kyoto Prefecture
District Sōraku
Area
 • Total 23.52 km2 (9.08 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2017)
 • Total 1,284
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (JST)
Website www.town.kasagi.lg.jp

Kasagi (笠置町, Kasagi-chō) is a town located in Sōraku District, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

As of October 2017, the town has an estimated population of 1,284.[1] The total area is 23.52 km².

Sights include Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park.

Kasagidera[edit]

Gate of Kasagidera

Kasagidera (笠置寺) is a Shingon sect Buddhist temple in Kasagi. The Honzon is the bodhisattva Maitreya. The temple is said to have been founded by Emperor Kōbun or Emperor Tenmu. Historically it has had close relations with Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji in Nara. It is an important temple in the history of Buddhism in Japan, and many eminent monks have served as abbot. According to legend, the annual Omizutori ceremony at Tōdai-ji was begun by the monk Jitchū after he discovered a passage here that led to the heavenly home of Maitreya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official website of Kyoto Prefecture" (in Japanese). Japan: Kyoto Prefecture. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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