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Monju-do Hall of Sanbutsu-ji Temple

Unknown16th Century Azuchi-Momoyama Period

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple

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

Nationally Important Cultural Property
Monju-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 Jizo-do Hall.
Monju Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) is enshrined at this place and was also referred to as “Katsuté Gongen”.
Having no handrails, the building is surrounded with greenery. One can freely walk all around the structure.
According to temple legend, the hall was founded in 849. However, judging from the writings found inside the current building, it is presumed that it was built in around 1567. The 1580 inscriptions in the interior metal fittings of the door and baluster finial reveal that the hall was protected by local influential people during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period.
In the same way as Nageiredo and Jizo-do, this hall protrudes from a steep cliff and was built in the style of “kakezukuri” architecture.

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