Temple 3: Kokawadera


To explore Kokawadera, click on the links at the bottom of this page

About Kokawadera:
Once you pass through the impressive Daimon gateway with its ferocoius guardian deities, you step into the tranquil grounds of Kokawadera. With its beautiful gardens and many small sub-temples that meander along the bank of the Kokawa River against a backdrop of mountains and forests, you feel as though you have been touched by the soft loving grace of Kannon: even on rainy days there seems to be a lingering gentleness within its peaceful grounds. Long associated with miracles of healing, especially for children, Kokawadera has always been an important center for the Kannon faith. The hondō is the largest temple on the pilgrimage and attests to its importance over the centuries as a place of pilgrimage in its own right.

General Information about Kokawadera
Honzon and other enshrined images
Places of interest within the temple grounds
History of the temple
Founding story and other legends
Goeika sacred hymn
Directions for getting to Kokawadera