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  • Kitain Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kosembamachi 1-20-1
    Boasting a 1200-year history, Kitain Temple is a National Designated Important Cultural Property that houses several valuable Cultural Properties. In addition to ordinary worship and visits to the main temple building, it also puts on occasional exhibitions of its treasures, which make available to visitors the precious items it has kept throughout its long history. The souvenir shop within its precincts was opened in 1972 and is well known as the first temple-based souvenir shop for tourists within the city limits of Kawagoe.

    川越の喜多院境内にある多宝塔です。 江戸時代のものですが、現在の塔は復元になります。 中華風の立派な建造物です。

  • Kataisan Dojido Temple (22nd Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Terao 3595
    "A Buddhist temple located in Terao, Chichibu City. Two statues of the Deva kings known as the ""Boy Deva Kings"" are enshrined in the temple's thatch roofed Deva gate. This is the 22nd temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage."

    24番の法泉寺から歩きました。 江戸巡礼道なら細い道を通るようですが、道が分からず幹線道路を歩いて向かいました。 山門はかやぶき屋根。 山門にはちょっとかわいい顔の仁王様がいらっしゃいます。 童子堂は、子供の病気一切に霊験あらたかだというので こう呼ぶようになったと言われています。

  • Iwayasan Kyushoji Temple (25th Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kuna 2315
    "A Buddhist temple located in Kuna, Chichibu City. According to legend, when the great priest Shoku was on a pilgrimage in Chichibu, he was presented with a stone seal (pass) by Yama, the judge of the afterlife and he offered the seal to this temple, and accordingly this temple is also known as the ""Seal Temple."" This is the 25th temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage."
  • Hoosan Iwanouedo Temple (20th Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Terao 2169
    "A Buddhist temple located in Terao, Chichibu City. A ""senbikizaru"" chandelier-like decoration hangs in the temple's Kannondo hall, while water from the Chisuiba spring is said to improve breast milk flow. This is the 20th temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage."

    It was a little hard to reach this temple, as the trail leading up to it had been closed due to trail erosion, but you can take the detour to the temple. It was a small temple surrounded by lush...

  • Iwamotosan Josenji Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Yamada 1392
    A Buddhist temple located in Yamada, Chichibu City. The temple's principal object of worship is a standing figure of Sacred Avalokitesvara carved from a single tree in the distant Muromachi period. The temple's Kannondo hall was originally the Yakushido of Chichibu Shrine; later dismantled and moved here, the hall is decorated with stunning dragon carvings. This is the third temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

    のどかな田園の中にある曹洞宗のお寺で、秩父霊場三番札所です。 聖観音菩薩を祀る観音堂は1870年に秩父神社の薬師堂を移築した歴史を感じる造りで、龍の彫刻は見応えがあります。その他にも、万病に効くと伝えられる長命水、抱くと子供に恵まれる子持石、8月頃開花する蓮池など、見所の多いお寺でした。

  • Enmeisan Kikusuiji Temple (33rd Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Shimoyoshida 1104
    A Buddhist temple located in Shimoyoshida, Chichibu City. The temple's principal object of worship is a standing wooden statue of Sacred Avalokitesvara carved in the distant Fujiwara period. This is the 33rd temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

    公衆トイレもあり、重宝する 水舎にも菊がある懲り様だ 左奥には稲荷らしきものがあった ここは本堂が立派だった かなり古風で年期を感じる 堂内撮影禁止の為、ご覧になられて欲しい 歴史と壮大さを感じるはず

  • Sekiryuzan Hashidatedo Temple (28th Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kamikagemori 675
    A Buddhist temple located in Kamikagemori, Chichibu City. The temple's principal object of worship is a figure of the Bato Kannon records state was created in the distant Kamakura period; it is enshrined in a crimson lacquered Kannondo hall built in the mid-Edo period. The temple adjoins the Hashidate Cave limestone cave shaft. This is the 28th temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.
  • Ogawasan Gokado Temple (Fifth Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Yokoze 6119-2
    "A Buddhist temple located in Yokoze, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. The temple was built by Honma Magohachi, a supporter of the Chokoji temple, to enshrine a statue of Jundei Kannon records state created by the great monk Ennin. The name of the temple, meaning ""Discussed Poetry Temple,"" is derived from an anecdotal tale in which the aforementioned Honma Magohachi spent the night at a Kannon temple with a traveling monk; the two spent the night discussing waka poetry, and through this Magohachi allegedly mastered the art form. This is the fifth temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage."
  • Kochisan Hosenji Temple (24thTemple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Bessho 1586
    A Buddhist temple located in Bessho, Chichibu City. The temple's Kannondo hall stands at the top of a steep, 116 step stone stairway and enshrines the temple's principal object of worship, a statue of Sacred Avalokitesvara records state was created in the distant Muromachi period. On April 18, the Mawari Nenbutsu ceremony is held in which local residents form a ring around a giant Buddhist rosary and chant the nenbutsu prayer. This is the 24th temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

    通りからは行かず 急勾配を車で何とか上りきる 正直怖い 知らない道を登るのは… 待っていたのは立派な堂 隣の白山神社同様、由緒が立派 とにもかくにもこの高台には…

  • Koboyama Kanzeon
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    Saitama Pref. Irumagunogosemachi Naruse 685
    A Buddhist temple located in Naruse, Ogose Town, Iruma County. Dedicated to Benzaiten, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, the temple forms part of the Musashi Ogose Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage, a hiking route which connects seven temples and which leads from the Hoonji temple near Ogose Station to the Zentoin temple in Kuroyama, Ogose Town. A Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage event is held here each year on January 4. The temple has also been viewed as a patron temple of childrearing and many worshippers come here to pray for a safe childbirth.
  • Chogakuzan Imamiyabo Temple (14th Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Nakamachi 25-12
    A Buddhist temple located in Naka-machi, Chichibu City. The temple was previously a branch temple under the direct supervision of the Shogo-in, the head temple of the Shugendo syncretic faith. The temple's Kannondo hall, rebuilt in 1709, enshrines the temple's principal object of worship, a statue of Sacred Avalokitesvara. A late Fujiwara period statue depicting a Hiten, a flying Buddhist angel, can also be found on the grounds. This is the 14th temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.
  • Saishoji Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Irumagunogosemachi Douyama 287
    A Buddhist temple located in Doyama, Ogose Town, Iruma County, Saitama Prefecture. The temple was founded in 1193 by Minamoto no Yoritomo to pray for success in war. The temple's principal object of worship is an eleven faced statue of Kannon. Also enshrining a statue of Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, the temple forms part of the Musashi Ogose Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage, a hiking route which connects seven temples and which leads from the Hoonji Temple near Ogose Station to the Zentoin Temple in Kuroyama, Ogose Town. In addition, the temple grounds are a renowned destination for plum blossom viewing in spring.
  • Shimabuji Temple (First Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Tochiya 418
    A Buddhist temple located in Tochiya, Chichibu City. The temple's Kannondo hall, erected in 1697, enshrines the principal object of worship, a statue of Sacred Avalokitesvara. The temple holds a sejikie food offering service considered one of the three largest of the Kanto region each year on August 24. This is the first temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

    988年に幻通が創建した曹洞宗のお寺で、寺名は四万部の経典を読経したことに因るそうです。 趣ある本堂に加え、おたすけ観音、極楽図と地獄図の彫刻、功徳石、本堂裏手に並ぶ水子地蔵など、見所の多いお寺です。 秩父観音霊場第一番のため、納経所には巡礼に必要な用品が揃っているので、巡礼を始める方もここで揃えることができます。

  • Odanasan Shinpukuji Temple (Second Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Yamada 3095
    A Buddhist temple located in Yamada, Chichibu City. The temple, which records state was founded by the monk Daiho, was originally quite large, but it was destroyed in a fire in 1860. The temple's principal object of worship was saved from the fire and in 1908, at the end of the Meiji period, the Kannondo hall was rebuilt to enshrine it. This is the second temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

    真福寺は秩父観音霊場第ニ番札所に指定されていますが、西国札所と坂東札所と合せて100カ所とするため最後に札所に指定されたお寺です。 本堂は1908年に再建されたものですが歴史を感じる造りで、欄間の龍の彫り物は見応えがあります。 本尊は室町時代に作られた聖観音ですが、無住のお寺で秘仏のため拝観はできません。 お寺の管理や納経は細い道を下った所にある光明寺が行っているそうです。

  • Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kubomachi 9-2
    A Buddhist temple situated along Prefectural Route 15 in Kubo-machi, Kawagoe City. A branch temple of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple to which a portion of the head temple's spirit of Acala was ritually transferred, the temple was founded by Ishikawa Sho'on in 1850. The temple holds a flea market on the 28th of each month and visitors will find a variety of stalls selling curios and other items.
  • Seiunji Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Arakawakamitano 690
    A Buddhist temple located in Kamitano, Arakawa, Chichibu City. The grounds are a renowned destination for viewing weeping cherries, and some 30 such trees grow here, including a 15-meter-tall Edo-higanzakura cherry which is over 600 years old and which has been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument. The Chichibu Arakawa Seiunji Temple Weeping Cherry Blossom Festival is held here when the trees are in bloom, and visitors can enjoy the sight of the trees lit up at night during this time.
  • Kamasan Shodenin
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    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Nihori 990-1
    A Buddhist temple founded in 751 located in Niihori, Hidaka City. Located on high ground in Komago, an area pioneered by settlers who traveled here from the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo, the temple's principal object of worship is a state of Acala. The temple also enshrines a Buddhist statue of guardian buddha of King of Goryeo, Jako, Nandikesvara. The temple's grounds are outfitted with walking paths and scenic observatories for visitors to enjoy. In spring, a 170-year old higan cherry tree growing on the park's grounds comes into bloom along with various weeping and Yoshino cherries and other flowering trees and plants.

    We walked from the park coz there wasn’t any local transportations. More than 30 minuets walk(one way) from Kinchakuda Park. And the pedestrian sidewalks are very narrow... watch out the...

  • Seitaisan Saizen-ji Temple (Eighth Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Yokoze 598
    "A Buddhist temple located in Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. Established in 1234, the temple enshrines an eleven faced, seated statue of Kannon known as the ""Mochiyama Kannon"" as well as a statue depicting the Amitabha triad. A huge, 600-year old maple tree designated a Natural Monument by the prefecture stands on the temple's grounds. This is the eighth temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage."

    It is very pleasant to wander around he Yokose area in any season, but in November, the leaves are in their glory. There is no place better to see them than Seizen-ji Temple. It is a 2 km walk from...

  • Seitaisan Hochoji Temple (Seventh Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Yokoze 1508
    A Buddhist temple located in Yokoze, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. The main temple building is believed to have been designed based on a drawing by renaissance man Hiraga Gennai. The Kannondo hall inside the main building enshrines the temple's principal object of worship, an 11 faced statue of Kannon. This is the seventh temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

    This temple is far bigger than Temple number 6 Its quite beautiful with lovely local views Remember its also a cemetery when you visit and local familys visit their loved ones

  • Daijiji Temple (10th Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Yokoze 5151
    A Buddhist temple located in Yokoze, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Sacred Avalokitesvara records state was created by the Eshin Sozu (priest Genshin). The temple also enshrines an eleven faced statue of Kannon, a statue of Kshitigarbha, and a Koyasu Kannon statue believed to grant worshippers aid in childbirth and childrearing. This is the 10th temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage.

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Eclipsed by neighboring Tokyo, Saitama is often branded as the sleepy suburbs. However, look a little deeper and you’ll uncover quaint towns bursting with history and crafts from the kurazukuri Edo-period clay houses of Kawagoe to the ancient tree-enveloped temples of Chichibu.

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