Choanji Temple

This ancient temple in Kujikawachi has the only Korean bell in Niigata.

Located in the Kujikawachi village, Choanji Temple is said to have been founded in 831, and has a wooden seated statue of Amitabha and a bronze bell in its storehouse, both of which are designated as Japan's Important Cultural Properties. The statue is said to have been made in the late Heian Period (the 12th century). The bronze bell was pulled up from the bottom of the sea in Wakasa (present-day Fukui Prefecture) around the 13th century, and it is said to have later been dedicated to Choanji Temple. It is one of the forty-seven so-called Korean bells still in existence in Japan, and this is the only one of its kind in Niigata Prefecture. It is 107.5 cm tall and 61.2 cm diameter. The elaborately designed dragon-shaped handle at the top of the bell and the arabesque pattern are striking.

  • Shrines and Buddhist Temples
152 Kujikawachi, Sado, Niigata 952-3423
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Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 15 by car
Nearest bus stop
Tennoushita(Minamisen (South Line)) Approx. 35 minutes on foot from bus stop