1. Zenchoji Temple
Shrines and Buddhist Temples

Zenchoji Temple

A temple remembered in connection with Tamekane Kyogoku and known for its Kikyo Kannon statue

A walk up the gentle slope, with Akadomari Port in the background, will lead to Zenchoji Temple on the heights, a temple of the Shingon School. It was reputedly founded circa 827. Once every thirty-three years, the main image of the temple, the Shokanzeonbosatsu (Aryavalokitesvara) statue is revealed, which is a lost-wax casting work of the first generation of Rando Miyata. Zenchoji is known as the temporary residence of Tamekane Kyogoku (a court noble) for six years, and in connection with his long-aspired return to Kyoto in 1303, the hidden statue at the upper temple has been worshipped in the name of Kikyo ("coming-home") Kannon. In addition, Mahori Hogan Yoshitaka, a master painter, donated a painting entitled "Kyogoku Bishamonten (Vessavaṇa)". Zenchoji Temple is one of the temples on Sado's Seven Gods of Fortune pilgrimage route. Bishamonten is a god with wisdom and valor, as well as, a god of treasure and happiness, and has been steadfastly worshipped to this day.

Facility Basic Information

641 Akadomari, Sado, Niigata 952-0711
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Transport Access
Ogi Port Approx 20 minutes by car
Nearest bus stop
Akadomari Chuugakumae (Akadomarisen Line, Maehama Line) Approx. 20 minutes on foot from bus stop

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