Jizo-do Hall of Sanbutsu-ji Temple

Unknown15th - 16th Century End of Muromachi Period

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple
Misasa-cho, Touhaku District, Japan

Nationally Important Cultural Property
Jizo-do is one of the halls located along the ascetic trail from Hon-do Hall of Sanbutsuji Temple to Nageiredo Hall. It is built on a cliff, the same way as Monju-do Hall.
Jizo Bosatsu (bodhisattva), the deity for guarding and granting long life to children is enshrined here. Jizo Bosatsu was also referred to as Komori Gongen (Guardian Avator of Children) for his name.
Having no handrails, the building is surrounded with greenery. One can freely walk all around the structure. The architectural style suggests that this hall was built in late Muromachi Period.
Inside the building, a Buddhist priest’s sumi ink writings of the temple being burnt down in wars are found. These writings reveal that the temple was repeatedly destroyed in wars and rebuilt.
In the same way as Nageiredo and Monju-do, this hall protrudes from a steep cliff and was built in the style of “kakezukuri” architecture.


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