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Updated: April 2, 2018
Legend says that Nishiaraidaishi Souji Temple was founded in the 9th century by Kukai—the originator of Japan's esoteric Buddhism. While the original structures have succumbed to time, today you can wander the atmospheric grounds and check out the site dedicated to Shingon Buddhism.
The temple is a pleasant excursion any time of year, but don't miss one of its seasonal events if your visit coincides. The annual wind-chime festival takes place in July, and a festival of traditional Bon dancing happens in late August. Alternatively, celebrate New Year's Eve with the locals by ringing the temple bell to ward off misfortune in the coming year.
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