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Daiyu-zan Saijo-Ji Temple – Minami-Ashigara,Kanagawa

TypeThe Soto-shu Sect Temple Foundation1394 Address1157 Daiyu-cho, Minami-Ashigara city, Kanagawa Prefecture DescriptionThe Daiyu-zan Saijo-Ji Temple belongs to the Soto-shu Sect of Zen Buddhism. Among the Soto-shu Sect temples, the Saijo-Ji is placed third in rank behind the Eihei-Ji in Fukui Prefecture and the Soji-Ji in Kanagawa Prefecture. And, the big cedar trees alongside the approach …

Japanese weeping Sakura cherry

Eigen-Ji Temple – Daigo, Ibaraki

TypeSoto-shu Sect of Zen Buddhism Temple Foundation1446 AddressDaigo 1571, Daigo-cho, Kuji county, Ibaraki Prefecture DescriptionThe Eigen-Ji Temple is also known as “Momiji-dera” which means “temple of Momiji maple tree”. In 1864, most of the buildings were destroyed by fire caused by the Tengu-to Rebellion. The current Hondo main building was rebuilt in 1953. The temple …

Hondo Main Building -Eigen-Ji

Chichibu Fudasho #19 Ryuseki-Ji Temple – Chichibu, Saitama

Kannon-do building TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundation? AddressOhata-cho 15-31, Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionAs the Kannon-do building was dilapidated, it was renovated and rebuilt in 1972. It is said that the principal image (Senju-Kanzenon Bosatsu or Multiarmed Avalokiteshwara) in the Kannon-do building was made in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Sekibutsu Buddha & 6 Jizou Stone …

Kannon-do Ryuseki-Ji Temple

Chichibu Fudasho #11 Joraku-Ji Temple – Chichibu, Saitama

Torii gate TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundation? AddressKumaki-cho 43-28, Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionThis temple belonged to the Tendai-shu Sect of Buddhism until the year of the Meiji Restoration (1868). It had grand Kannon-do building, Nioh-mon deva gate and others on its property in the Edo period, however, those were burned to the ground by …

Kannon-do Building - Jouraku-Ji

Chichibu Fudasho #10 Daiji-Ji Temple – Yokoze, Saitama

Nioh-mon deva gate TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundation1490 (Second year of the Entoku era) AddressYokoze 5151, Yokoze town, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionThis temple was found in 1490 by Sakuho Zen Priest. Hondo main building

Hondo Daiji-Ji Temple

Chichibu Fudasho #7 Hocho-Ji Temple – Yokoze, Saitama

TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundationbefore 1606 AddressYokoze 1501, Yokoze town, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionThe Hocho-Ji was found by Ryodo Kansei who was a Buddhist priest and deceased in 1606 (11th year of the Keicho era). So, this temple was found before 1606. The dimensions of the Hondo main building are 24.4m x 18m, it is the …

Hondo Hocho-Ji Temple

Chichibu Fudasho #6 Bokuun-Ji Temple – Yokoze, Saitama

Hondo Main building TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundation1638 (15th year of the Kanei era) AddressYokoze 1430, Yokoze town, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionLegend has it that the principal image of Buddha (Honzon) of this temple used to be seating for a long time at the Zao-Gongen Shrine located at the top of the Buko-san Mountain. However, the …

Bokuun-Ji Temple

Chichibu Fudasho #3 Josen-Ji Temple – Chichibu, Saitama

Hondo Main building TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundation? AddressYamada 1392, Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionThe buildings in this site were moved from the Chichibu Shrine in 1870. The wood engravings are very exquisite, and, it is said that those are engraved by sculptor Iida Izumi before the Meiji Restoration occurred in 1868. And the principal …

Chichibu Fudasho #3 Josenji

Chichibu Fudasho #2 Shinpuku-Ji Temple – Chichibu, Saitama

TypeSoto-shu Sect Temple Foundation? AddressYamada 3095, Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionThere used to be Honden main building and several other buildings, however, those were lost in a fire. Some wood engravings were moved to the present building. Wood engraving of dragon Pedigree Board

Honden Shinpuku-Ji Temple

Chichibu Fudasho #1 Shimabu-Ji Temple – Chichibu, Saitama

Temple gate TypeSoto-shu Sect Zen Temple Foundation? AddressTochiya 418, Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture DescriptionThe Chichibu 34 Kannon Sanctuary (Chichibu Fudasho) is a group of Buddhist temples linked on a pilgrigame route. Every 12 years, in the year of the Horse, all the Gods (principal images of Buddha) of these 34 temples are unveiled. It is …

Honden Main Building - Shimabu-Ji