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4 hospitalized from unusual odor at Kyoto temple

May 03 (NHK) - Four people have been hospitalized after reporting a strange odor at a historic temple in the city of Kyoto.

The four, who are all women, complained of feeling ill. Their symptoms are said to be not life-threatening.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at Nanzenji Temple in eastern Kyoto. Police were alerted to reports of a chemical-like odor near the temple's "hojo", or abbott's quarters.

Police say around 50 visitors were in the area at the time, and 24 reported sore throats and other health issues.

Officials say there were no herbicides or other chemicals in use.

Nanzenji is a major tourist attraction, as the hojo is designated as a national treasure.

Source: ANNnewsCH

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