Day 34: No.87 Nagao-ji (長尾寺)

The main gate of No.87 Nagao-ji

The bell is attached in the main gate

Beautifully maintained precincts of Nagao-ji

The Nagao-ji is located right next to Kechigan-no-yado Nagao-ji, so I could pay my respects in the quiet morning air, which was even better on that day because it was sunny and the air was chilly. The precincts of the temple are large, but there’re only a few buildings.

The main temple of No.87 Nagao-ji


I like this Taishi-do with its beautiful pyramid-like roof. As you can see in the picture, there’s vermillion-colored binzuru-sama whose expression is bit scary.

The carvings are very detailed and beautiful

Shizuka Gozen Teihatsu-zuka (Memorial of Shizuka-gozen)

Nagao-ji is a temple associated with Shizuka Gozen, who is said to have been loved by Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune. Shizuka Gozen Teihatsu-zuka is a mound where Shizuka Gozen is said to have buried the hair she shaved when she became a Buddhist monk after leaving Yoshitsune, who was forced to flee to Yoshino where women were forbidden.

The temple stamp of No.87 Nagao-ji

Dedicated toSei-Kanzeon-Bosatsu (聖観世音菩薩)
Founded byGyoki-Bosatsu (行基菩薩)
DenominationTendai-sect (天台宗)
Mantraおん あろりきゃ そわか
On Arorikya Sowaka
Next templeNo.88 Ookubo-ji (15.1 Km away)
Previous templeNo.86 Shido-ji (7.0 Km away)
No.87 Nagao-ji