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Jizo-in Temple

Carved 800 years ago, the Acala Statue is a Must-See! This Historic Temple is Protected by a 600-year-old Sacred Tree and Bodhisattvas

Buddhist temple

Jizo-In possesses some of the leading cultural and natural assets in Saitama Prefecture.
Its ancient history is said to go back to the Heian Era (794-1185 AD).
In the Edo era (1603-1868), 17 main and branch temples were contained within a compound of over 30,000 square meters.
Besides Ryoen Jizoson, a Bodhisattva dedicated to marriage ties, you can see a statue of Acala (the Buddhist wisdom King known as “Fudo-Myo-o” in Japan) that was carved 800 years ago. There is also a type of laurel tree called “Tabu-no-ki”, dating back about 600 years, with a trunk measuring 6 meters around.
In addition, Jizo-in is famous for being the family temple of Kodani Sanshi, a monk and educator who brought the first woman to the peak of Mount Fuji. A temple festival is held in his honor on the 28th of every month.

Highlights

  • Ryoen Jizoson watches over marriage ties.
  • Jizo-in owns the Acala statue that is a designated cultural asset of Saitama Prefecture *On the 28th of every month, the real Acala statue is on display (usually, it is a replica).
  • It is the family temple of Kodani Sanshi, who took the first woman to Mount Fuji’s summit.
  • There is also Tabu-no-ki, a species of laurel dating back 600 years with a trunk of about 6 meters in circumference.
  • A temple festival is held on the 28th of every month, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Photos

  • Inside the tranquil grounds of Jizo-in Temple

    Inside the tranquil grounds of Jizo-in Temple

  • The Acala statue, a designated cultural asset of Saitama Prefecture

    The Acala statue, a designated cultural asset of Saitama Prefecture

  • Ryoen Jizoson, the bodhisattva watching over marriages

    Ryoen Jizoson, the bodhisattva watching over marriages

  • The 600-year-old Tabu-no-ki, with a circumference of about 6 meters

    The 600-year-old Tabu-no-ki, with a circumference of about 6 meters

  • The Homa ritual held on the 28th, Jizo-in’s monthly Buddhist festival day

    The Homa ritual held on the 28th, Jizo-in’s monthly Buddhist festival day

  • The grave of Kodani Sanshi, the monk who took the first woman to Mount Fuji’s peak

    The grave of Kodani Sanshi, the monk who took the first woman to Mount Fuji’s peak

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Details

Name in Japanese
真言宗 智山派 筥﨑山 地蔵院
Postal Code
334-0001
Address
5-5-39 Sakuracho, Kawaguchi, Saitama
Telephone
048-281-1347
Admission
Free
Closed
No holidays
Access
About 9 minutes on foot from Araijuku Station on the Saitama Railway
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)