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Engaku-ji Temple円覚寺


A temple of the Shingon sect’s Daigo school of Buddhism, this was built in 807 as a temple dedicated to Kannon by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, the first Seii Taishogun (literally “great general” who subdues the barbarians). The temple enshrines a statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu which is said to be the work of Shotoku Taishi. People believed Maguchi Kannon watched over the entrance to port, and one time when sailors were caught in a storm they chopped off their topknot and offered prayers, and reportedly spotted a light coming from an old cryptomeria on the grounds which saved them. Sights not to be missed include those topknots tablets that were offered and boat-shaped ema (votive pictures), the Engakuji Yakushido-naizushi, a miniature shrine with double doors which is an important cultural property, and temple treasures including the image of Shaka Nyorai in Nirvana embroidered with the hair of 84,000 people and Sanjusan Kannon-zo.

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place Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Fukaura Hamamachi 275
phone 0173742029



Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Fukaura Hamamachi 275 [map]



open everyday
[High school student]250yen
[Elementary and Junior High School Students]100yen
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Available 10spaces
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Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori's fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.

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