The temple was opened by the famed Buddhist saint of Aizu, Tokuitsu, in...read more
The temple was opened by the famed Buddhist saint of Aizu, Tokuitsu, in 807 as “Aizu Pure Land of the West”(Buddhist paradise). The “Kohyamaki” or Japanese umbrella pine that was planted that year, is the largest of its kind in the Tohoku region, and has been designated as a Prefectural Natural Treasure. The current Kannon Hall was rebuilt by Aizu Chief Minister, Okahanbei Shigemasa after it collapsed in the earthquake of 1611. The hall is built in a style considered unique in Japan, where worshipers enter the temple from the east gate, and exit through the west gate after they have prayed. It is believed that the kannon goddess guides people to a comfortable rest in the “Pure Land of the West”. The engravings of the “Three Hidden Monkeys” are said to be the work of the famous craftsman, Jingoro Hidari. Towards the end of the Edo Period, the lord of the Aizu clan, Katamori Matsudaira came here to pray for victory in the Boshin Civil War.