An ages-old Shingon Buddhist temple whose principal object of worship is "Mikaeri Kobo Daishi", reluctant to part from someone
Henjoin Temple was built in the early Heian period by Kobo Daishi on his way to the Kanto region. Before continuing on his way, he carved three sculptures of himself expressing the past, present, and future, from photinia wood. One of these sculptures, "Mikaeri Kobo Daishi", is of the monk looking back, reluctant to part from someone. It is still enshrined at Henjoin Temple as its principal object of worship. (The sculpture is normally not viewable by the public. It is exhibited to the public on the 21st day of the third month of the lunar calendar.) After praying in the main hall, try walking around the underground "kaidan", a sacred space where the monks take their vows. It is said that if you pray to Kobo Daishi in the darkness, you will be blessed. On the 21st of every month of the lunar calendar, the anniversary of the famed monk's death, stalls line up along the approach to the temple, and the grounds are crowded by worshipers.
Henjoin Temple has ties to Kobo Daishi, and its sango temple name is "Kobozan"
Upper left: Yakushi Nyorai in the Yakushido hall. It is said that this Buddha was enshrined in Nagoya Castle until the Edo period and worshiped by the lords of Owari Province who resided in the castle, Upper right: Entrance to the "kaidan". The path continues to a dark underground area, Bottom: On the 21st of every month of the lunar calendar, many stalls line up along Kobo-dori Street, which leads to Henjoin
|Address||Koboyama 19, Kobocho, Chiryu City, Aichi|
|Phone||+81-566-81-0140 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Mikawa-Anjo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 7 minutes and alight at "Kariya Station". Take the Meitetsu Mikawa Line for approx. 6 minutes, alight at "Chiryu Station", and walk for approx. 20 minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi from "Mikawa-Anjo Station" for approx. 15 minutes.|
|* The public exhibition of "Mikaeri Kobo Daishi" is held on the 21st day of the third month of the lunar calendar. Please check the website for details.|
updated on Mar 25, 2019
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