Fumonzan Koanji Temple (Nakada Kannon)
shrines and temples
The temple is the 30th temple of the 33 Kannon temples in Aizu, and is affectionately called “Nakata no Kannon-sama” (the Goddess of Kannon in Nakata).
The main image of the eleven-faced Kannon, said to be modeled after the eleven-faced Kannon of Hase-ji Temple in Nara, is a two-meter tall standing statue of the Kannon, a copper statue with realistic representations of the flow of her robe and other features. Together with its flanking statues of Fudo Myoo and Jizo Bosatsu, it is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
There is an anecdote in the hall that Sika, the mother of Hideyo Noguchi, a medical saint, deeply believed in the temple and made a monthly pilgrimage on the 17th of every month to pray for her son’s safety and success in life, along with a picture of father and son visiting the temple.
festival day：Okomori Grand Festival August 9th and 10th
Chrysanthemum Festival Grand Festival November 1-10
visit：Individuals Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. / Groups (10 or more people) Anytime
entrance fee：Individual 500 yen / Group 400 yen
※Reservations must be made at least one day in advance for viewing.
|Address||147 Back Ko, Yoneda Ajido, Aizumisato Town, Onuma County, Fukushima Prefecture
|Contact us||Nakada Kannon (Fumonzan Koanji Temple)|
|TEL / FAX||TEL：0242-78-2131
It is said that if a person of faith embraces it, his or her wishes will be fulfilled in everything.
It is also said that if you hug the “Dakitsuki Pillar” and pray that you will work hard and not be sick for three days, five days, a week, or ten days at the most when you are on your deathbed, your wish will be fulfilled.
Jizo Bodhisattva Fudo Myoo
Generally, when Kannon is the main deity, it is usually arranged with Fudo Myoo and Bishamonten, but in Nakada Kannon, Fudo is on the left and Jizo on the right, a rare arrangement in Japan.
It was cast in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and is designated as a national important cultural property.
Bentendo (former Kannon temple shrine)
Benten-do, located immediately to the right after entering the Niomon Gate, is the kitchen in which the main image, Sanzon of the eleven-faced Kannon (the eleven-faced Kannon), was once enshrined.
This valuable kitchen was built at the same time as the main image (Kamakura period) and is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.