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Koan-ji Temple (Nakata Kannon)

更新日:2017年02月27日

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It is said that during the mid-Kamakura period (1185-1333) an elder named Egawa Tsunetoshi, mourning the sudden death of his only daughter Tsunehime, had the main object of worship at this temple built to pray for her peace in the afterlife. Since the Kannon-do hall was built during the Koan era (in 1279), it is referred to as Koan-ji temple. Its main object of worship is a 187 cm-tall eleven-faced cannon. It is said to respond to wishes to help people find marriage partners. Koan-ji temple is the thirtieth of Aizu's thirty-three Kannon pilgrimage sites, and its Kannon statue is one of Aizu's three Korori Kannon. Through the ages it has been the object of many people's religious belief. The temple is known as the temple that the mother (Shika) of Noguchi Hideyo—the bacteriologist who discovered the cause of syphilis and is pictured on the 1000-yen bill—visited monthly to pray for her son's recovery from burns and success in life. Also, it is said that earnest wishes made while hugging the “Dakitsuki Pillar” in the Kannon-do hall will be granted. Inside the temple's “Domamori” amulets is earth that was used when making the temple's main object of worship. It is said that this amulet ensures that one can return home safely no matter one's destination, in other words, that one will not “become earth” (pass away) somewhere else.

Information for Koan-ji Temple (Nakata Kannon)

  • Address: 147 Aza-do-no-ushiro-ko, Yoneta, Aizumisato-machi, Onuma-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-6405, JAPAN
  • MAP
  • Fee: Visiting the temple's grounds is free. To view the temple's Kannon statue (reservations required), there is a charge of ¥500 for individuals and ¥400/person for groups of ten or more.
  • Regular holiday: Open Everyday
  • Opening hours: For inidividuals: 10a.m. on Mon. Wed. and Fri. only For groups: As requested
  • Phone: +81-(0)242-78-2131
  • Remarks: Visiting the temple's grounds is free. Reservations are unnecessary. To view the temple's Kannon statue, a reservation must be made by the previous day. Reservations for individuals are only accepted for 10:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Reservations for groups of ten or more are accepted for any time. (Both individuals and groups are asked to make reservations at least a day in advance.) From March 1st, 2017 to February 28th, 2018 the Kannon-do hall will be under construction, during which time we cannot accept requests for prayers or reservations for viewing the temple's Kannon statue. Those who wish to have their temple stamp notebook stamped or would like to receive an omamori amulet may do so at the temporary temple building.

Access

By Car

  • 20-minute drive from Aizuwakamatsu IC
  • 5-minute drive from Shintsuru PA (Smart IC: ETC System Only)

By Rail

  • 5-minute walk from Negishi Station (JR Tadami Line)

Jump to East Japan Railway Company

By Bus

  • 10-minute walk from 'Nakata Mae' bus stop (Wakamatsu -Niitsuru route)

Jump to Aizu Bus

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