This is the 29th temple of the 33 Kannon of Aizu. It is the second oldest temple in Aizu, after Eryuji Temple in the town of Aizu-bange.
It is said to have been founded by Tokudo Shonin in 720.
The temple was later destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt by the great priest Tokuichi. The pagoda was reconstructed at the present site.
In the past, with the prosperity of Shugendo, there were 33 monasteries where many ascetic practitioners lived and worked, and the temple was very powerful.
The main image of the eleven-faced Avalokitesvara is enshrined as a fire-engineered Buddha and is a hidden object.
Its appearance can be imagined from the extant woodblocks.
In addition to the wooden Kongorikishi statue and tiger tail cherry trees, the temple grounds contain many other cultural assets, including the oldest zushi (kitchen utensil) in Aizu and a bronze bell from the Muromachi period (1336-1573).