Said to be founded in the year 178 by a “seiga shonin” (the term for Buddhist monk in Japanese) who came from India, the Sennyoji Daihioin Temple is known as Raizan Kannon. It played an important role in history as the prayer temple of the Kamakura feudal government, especially during the invasion attempts of the Mongolian army into Japan, when 300 additional hospices were built on the mountain.
Nationally designated cultural properties such as the standing, 1000-armed statue of Kannon (the goddess of mercy), a seating statue of Seiga Shonin, and other prefectural designated cultural items, including the Shinji Garden within the temple grounds are all available for public viewing. The 1000-armed statue has actual 1000 hands, all of which have eyes drawn on the palms. A side corridor features 500 “lohan” (achiever of Nirvana) who each have different facial expressions.
The autumn foliage beginning mid-November of the 400-year-old giant maple tree (also declared as prefectural natural monument) in the temple grounds is a must-see.
9:00 AM-5:00 PM (prayer and reception desk are open until 4:30 PM)
Entrance fee: JPY 400 (middle school students below are free)
Additional fee: JPY 100 for viewing the giant maple tree (every November only)
Free parking available for 50 spaces
20 minutes by car from JR Chikuzen-Maebaru Station