Until October 20th, 2013, Shorin-in Temple in Ohara is hosting events everyday to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the temple! This is a unique opportunity to witness some of the important rituals and chanting of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Shorin-in was established by Jakugen, a disciple of Ennin. Ennin brought Buddhist teachings and chants from China, and established Shorin-in to teach the fundamentals of Buddhist practice. Ennin was also the founder of Enryaku-ji Temple on Hiei-zan, the second highest mountain in Kyoto, located to the north of the city.
It only costs 300 yen to enter Shorin-in. If you are in Kyoto during this time, why not take a trip to Ohara to help celebrate this event? There are ceremonies starting at 10am and 2pm each day until October 19th. On October 20th, the closing ceremony will be held in the morning, and there are no events scheduled for the afternoon.
You can get to Ohara by bus from Kyoto Station, Shijo Kawaramachi, or Demachi-Yanagi Station.