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MAPをクリックすると拡大されます。Main Gate /SANMON
Bodhisattva statue / ENMEI JIZO
Bell House / SHORO-DO
Mausoleum for Sadayoshi Taira /
SADAYOSHI-DO

Office / KURI
Bodhisattva statue for victory / SHOGUN JIZO
Long Life Water / CHOMEISUI
The emperor’s hill / TENNO-ZUKA
Priests’ graves
Kumano shrine / KUMANO JINJYA
Japanese plum tree donated by Date family / DATE-KE NO UME
Kannon statue for children / KOSODATE KANNON
Office/ KURI (Information)
Main Hall/ HONDO
Five-storied pagoda/ Goju no Tou
Tea ceremony house / CHASHITU
Treasure Box ( temple museum) /TAMATEBAKO and Tea house / “Yasuragi”






High lights


1. Sanmon,
Main gate

sanmonIt was built in 1931. The front calligraphy was written by Minoru Saito, who was the thirtieth Prime Minister of Japan.
Kongorikishi (Masculine images) are on both sides and protect this gate. Meticulous carved sculptures by sculptor Toramasa Ishii cover the building. How many sculptures of animals can you find?!

4. Sadayoshi-Do,
Mausoleum for Sadayoshi Taira


sadayoshi-do Because of the founder Sadayoshi Taira’s will, this mausoleum was built on his grave eight-hundred years ago and incorporates the natural landscape. Throughout the centuries it was expanded, and what you see today is the final extension built in 1927. Daily prayers used to be held in this hall. You may go inside and take a look at a small altar on the left side. That is Sadayoshi Taira’s grave. Also, check out the sculptures at the entrance.


8. The Emperor’s Hill
(Sacrd trees of marriage)

emperor's hill800 years ago, Emperor Antoku died when he was eight years old. Sadayoshi brought his belongings here. Two zelkova trees were planted, and they joined above and grew together as one. The tree’s name is “Renri no Keyaki,” or “The two zelkova trees that became one.” People visit this sacred tree to pray for a happy marriage and babies.




14. Hondo,
Main Hall

main templeThis hall was built in 1999, using neither nails nor bolts and is so skillfully built that the wood easily withstands the natural threats of earthquakes and typhoons. There are six or seven prayers in the hall every day.
If you request to have a prayer, register at the office on the right side of the hall. (from 2000yen~)



15. Goju no tou
Five-storied Pagoda

goju no touThis five storied pagoda is a spiritual shrine built for Sadayoshi Taira and as a Buddhist symbol for the eternal peace of mankind.
The same aged trees on the same slope of the same mountain were used to build the pagoda. It was built in 1986.



English brochure is available in the office

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