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Fukuman Kokuzo Bosatsu Enzoji (in Yanaizu) * Japan Heritage
This remarkable temple standing on a cliff was established by Tokuitsu Daishi in 807. (The current structure has been rebuilt in 1830.) It is said that the statue of Kokuzo Bosatsu was sculpted by Kobo Daishi, a renowned Buddhist monk. This statue is one of the three famous Kokuzo Bosatsu statues. The other two can be found in Ibaraki prefecture and Mie prefecture. Visitors are greeted by blooming cherry blossoms in spring. During fall, tree leaves change their colors into red and yellow as if the trees are painting on a mountain as a canvas. The temple is also famous for a unique ritual called Nanokado Hadaka Mairi, which is annual event on January 7th.

Contact: Yanaizu Tourism Association.
Roku Jizo (In Ninoemata)
Six statues of Jizo Bosatsu have been worshipped and loved by local people. The statues are dressed with pretty clothes made by people. People visit Jizo and pray about their children.

Contact: Oze Hinoemata Onsen Tourist Association.
Sakedachi Magaibutsu (in Kaneyama)
This is in Sakedachi area that is about 25 minutes by a car from Aizu-kawaguchi station. Long time ago, an ascetic monk was dwelling in this area. He commiserated with people over a famine and carved images of buddha on a rock yearning for prosperity of people. Total of 51 images are engraved, one of which is the image of Jinjya Daisho that is very rare to find.

Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
Mitsuishi Shrine (in Tadami)
Three rocks (Iwa) are objects of worship; Ichi no Iwa, Namida Iwa and Enmusubi no Iwa. The shrine is with the Enmusubi no Iwa as if the rock is wrapping the shrine. “Enmusubi” refers to matchmaking. There are small through-holes on the rock. It is believed that a good match can be made when you suspend a coin of five yen (Go yen) from the rock using a thread. (Note: Phonetic of “Go yen” is very similar to the phonetic of Japanese word “Goen” that means (good) relationship.)

Contact: Institute Tadami Tourism Town Planning Organizations
Kubota Sanjyusan Kannon (in Yanaizu) *Japan Heritage
On a hill of Kubota area, there are thirty-three statues of Kannon Bosatsu that people in the region have carved in 1818. The statues are placed about 5 ~ 6 meters apart from each other on the side of a trail of 234 meters (0.15 mile). The 7th statue is called Maria (Mary) Kannon because the Cross is engraved on the statue. Annually on April 29th, Kubota Sanjyusan Kannon festival has been held to commemorate the heritage.

Contact: Yanaizu Tourism Association.
Johoji Kannondo (in Tadami)
This temple was established by a renowned Buddhist monk, Tokuitsu. Kannondo, the main hall, was built around 1585. The structure has a thatched hip roof and is surrounded by an open corridor. The temple is designated as an important cultural property of Japan. Inside the temple, there is Shokannon Zazou, also known as Hitohada Kannon, that can be viewed by public in August.

Contact: Institute Tadami Tourism Town Planning Organizations