Nikkosan  Chuzen-ji Temple

This temple belonging to the Tendai sect located near Lake Chuzenji in Nikko City is a branch temple of Nikko Rinnoji Temple. It began when Shodo Shonin, the founder of the Nikkozan religious sites witnessed Senju-kannon (the thousand arm Kannon goddess) appearing on the lake and carved an image of the Kannon in a standing tree or “tachiki,” which became the principal object of worship at the temple. It is the eighteenth temple in the Bando pilgrimage circuit (comprised of 33 Kannon temples in the Kanto region). People worship the Tachiki Kannon in the hondo (main temple building) as the shoganjoju Buddha, which is believed to grant people’s requests of various kinds, and the mido hall which enshrines Hashiridaikokuten is often visited by people praying for safe childbirth, the return of runaway family members, and to prevent their partner from having an affair.

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Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2578
[Apr.--Octo.] 8:00-17:00 (Last entry 16:30) [Dec.--Feb.] 8:30-15:30 [11/Mar.] 8:00-16:00
open everyday
[Admission fee] [Adult] 500yen [Children] 200yen * 20 people and above Group discount available
Parking Lot
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Big historical statue!
    5.0 Reviewed:2017.11.15
    There is a very famous and historical big statue of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with Thousand Arms, which is called Senju Kannon in Japan. This temple registered in UNESCO.When i went here, i was so...
  • Great place for holiday
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.08.08
    I came here in the summer day but i dont know why this place is so quite and even No people live there!!!! The lake is so big and you will have great view there. Around lake is high mountains with...
  • Awesome despite renovations
    5.0 Reviewed:2016.04.13
    Like all the temples in Nikko, it is undergoing extensive renovations and you wont be able to see the full exteriors of the temples. However, still a must-see due to the intricate interior and...

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