The precincts of Konzo-ji are quite large, and the first thing I saw was a number of large camphor trees. In front of the main temple, which has quite wide roof, there is something sparkling. As I approached, it turned out to be Daikokuten (a god of wealth) covered with gold leaf.
At Konzo-ji, there are a lot of koban-shaped ema (votive tablets) dedicated to it. As the translation of its name (金倉) is “gold storehouse”, in essence, that’s what it is.
The red lanterns in Taishi-do are unique, and interestingly according to the board, this Taishi-do seem to enshrine two Daishi i.e Kobo-Daishi and Chisho-Daishi.
Chisho-Daishi was born in this area. According to the legend, when Chisho-Daishi was five years old, Kishimojin appeared in front of him in the form of a celestial maiden and told him, “If you are going to enter the Buddhist path in the future, I will protect you forever.”