Day 24: No.52 Taisan-ji (太山寺)

The main gate of No.52 Taisan-ji

This main gate (Nio-mon) is designated as National Important Cultural Property

The main gate (Nio-mon) is simple but impressive with the design of the word “Taisan-ji (大山寺)” and the cherry blossom symbols on both sign boards of the gate. This main gate is designated as National Important Cultural Property.

There’s still some distance to the main temple from the main gate

There’s another gate before the main temple

There’re still some distance from the main gate to the main temple. After a short walk, at the end of the stairs, I could see the magnificent sanmon gate. Beyond this gate, there is a simple, yet stately, long and wide main temple. Interestingly, this main temple is said to be built in one day by the founder Mana-no-choja, and is designated as a national treasure.

The main temple of No.52 Taisan-ji (designated as National Treasure)


The bell tower

A painting of a scene in Hell, found inside the bell tower

The bell tower is also bit unusual, with a painting of a scene in Hell with King Enma inside.

Buddha footprint

There is a Buddha’s footprint stone here as well, whose pattern is beautiful and detailed.

The old man who I met several times this couple of days

To my surprise, I met the old man again when I was heading to the Nokyo-jyo. He said, “We have a great connection with each other. So let’s take a picture together”, and he gave me his contact information. It would be interesting to send him a New Year’s card for next year.

By the way, the person who put the stamp and wrote the script on my stamp book was quite beautiful, which was bit surprise for me 🙂

The temple stamp of No.52 Taisan-ji

Dedicated toJyuichi-men-Kanze-on-Bosatsu (十一面観世音菩薩)
Founded byMana-no-choja (真野長者)
DenominationShingon-sect Chisan-group (真言宗智山派)
Mantraおん まか きゃろにきゃ そわか
On Maka Kyaronikya Sowaka
Next templeNo.53 Enmyo-ji (2.5 Km away)
Previous templeNo.51 Ishide-ji (11.8 Km away)
No.52 Taisan-ji