The holy mountain for good eye health, where Yoritomo Minamoto prayed to heal his eyes
Surrounded by nearly 500,000 m² of natural forest, Yusanji Temple is an ancient temple founded by noted Buddhist monk Gyoki. It is said that in the Nara period, Empress Kōken prayed to Yakushi Nyorai (the Buddhist deity to cure all ills) to heal her eye disease. She prayed at the blessed water of the waterfall on temple premises and washed her eyes, and her eye disease was fully cured. Since then, the temple came to be known as the holy mountain for the health of the eyes, and is now a famous site visited by many people from all over Japan. Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, was one of them. It is said that he built the main hall and three-story pagoda when his eye disease was cured. In addition, the guardian deity of Yusanji Temple, Gunzenbo Daigongen, is garnering faith widely as the guardian of good leg and back health.
|Posted photos||Main The main gate was built by Lord Ii Naoyoshi as the Otemon gate of Kakegawa Castle in 1659
Three photos Upper left Ruri no Taki Falls is visited by many who pray for their eye diseases to be cured, upper right The temple is also known for its beautiful autumn foliage, lower The three-storied pagoda was built in 1190 by Lord Minamoto Yoritomo to celebrate his recovery from eye disease
|Address||Muramatsu 1, Fukuroi City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-538-42-3633 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Temple grounds are free to enter
Hosyoden Hall special admission fee (Shitenno [The Four Heavenly Kings], The Thirteen Buddhas, Divine Favor Tour, Temple Treasure Visit) 300 yen
|Access||Approx. 20-minute by taxi from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 8 minutes, alight at "Fukuroi Station", and take a taxi for approx. 15 minutes.
updated on Sep 30, 2018
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