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箟峯寺(箟岳観音) Konpou-ji (Nonodake-kannon) Konpoji Temple (Nonodake Kannon)

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Konpoji Temple, or popularly called Nonodake Kannon, is located at the top of Mt. Nonodake, known as a holy mountain since the ancient times. Konpoji is the 9th of Oshu Holy Place of 33 Kannon. The principal image of worship is Juichimen Kannon (Kannon with 11 faces). Together with Tomiyama Kannon in Matsushima Town and Makiyama Kannon in Ishinomaki City, it is counted as one of the three holy Kannon in the Tohoku region.

Konpoji Temple was founded in 770 by the order of Emperor Konin. The Kannon Hall was constructed by Sakanoue Tamuramaro in 802 after he had conquered the Emishi. As the mountain was often wrapped in a dense fog, the temple was named Mugakusan (literally meaning “Fog Mountain”) Shofukuji Temple. In 849, when Jikaku Daishi visited this place on his missionary tour, he extended a temple building and renamed it Muizan Konpoji Temple.

Going up the steep stone steps, you will get to the eight-legged temple gate, in which two Nio statues are placed. Interestingly, they have cute round eyes. In the precinct stand historic and stately buildings including Hondo (the main hall), the Goma Hall, the Monju Hall, the Amida Hall and the Kannon Hall. The Kannon Hall was destroyed by fire twice in the past and the present building was constructed in 1851.
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秋篠寺 Akishino-dera Akishino-dera Temple

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Akishino–dera Temple is an independent temple located in Nara. The temple was founded by the priest Zenshu at the request of the Emperor Kounin during the Nara period. The principal image of Buddha at the temple is Yakushinyorai. Most of the buildings were destroyed by a large fire in 1135. The current main hall stands on the site of the original lecture hall. Although it was reconstructed during the Kamakura period, the temple retains the original character of the traditional Nara architecture style.  Some examples of this style include the Yosemune-zukuri and the Hongawarabuki tile roof. The main hall is designated as a National Treasure and Yakushi-sansonzou, Gigeiten-ritsuzou and the wooden Daigensumyououryuzou are recognized as Important Cultural Properties. Gigeiten-ritsuzou is a famous deity representing art and performance, so many artists and performers often visit to pray for improvement of their skills and professional success. Surrounded by green forest, the temple is a tranquil place and the moss garden that connects the entrance path to the temple is particularly beautiful.
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