The Ryozen Kannon sits adjacent to famous Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto. The giant Goddess of Mercy was built in 1955 to promote peace and honor fallen Japanese and Allied soldiers of the Pacific War. As the memorial is rather new, and is partially hidden behind a large parking lot, most visitors to Kyoto pass right by. However, for those looking to escape the crowds of Higashiyama, it is a quiet, contemplative oasis - and the grounds are especially lovely during cherry blossom season.
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