Okayama / Bizen

Special head temple Kinryozan Saidaiji Kannon-in

Japan, 3-8-8 Saidaiji Junior High School, Higashi Ward, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 704-8116

In 751 (Tenpyo Shoho 3), Fujiwara Minatohime of Kukkasho in Suo Province (Yamaguchi Prefecture), who was a strong believer in the Bodhisattva Kannon, felt a connection with Kannon Bodhisattva and founded a hermitage in the village of Kanaoka. It is said that it began when the Senju Kannon was enshrined there. The precincts are lined with many ancient buildings, and the Sekimon, Niomon, three-storied pagoda, and Buddhist scriptures are must-sees. You can also view the inner shrine of the main hall (Gofukumado) and the Gyutamashoden (500 yen for adults/200 yen for children).

Telephone number 086-942-2058
Website https://www.saidaiji.jp/
  • Approximately 30 minutes from Sanyo Expressway Sanyo IC Approximately 10 minutes walk from JR Saidaiji Station Parking: 70 regular cars, 5 buses
Language 日本語
Other When: Saidaiji Eyo (Naked Festival), one of Japan's three most bizarre festivals, is held on the third Saturday night of February every year.

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