Location of Kasagi in Kyoto Prefecture
|• Total||23.52 km2 (9.08 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2017)|
|• Density||55/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
Sights include Kasagiyama Prefectural Natural Park.
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.
- "Official website of Kyoto Prefecture" (in Japanese). Japan: Kyoto Prefecture. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
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