Temple 32: Kannonshōji

観音正寺

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About Kannonshōji:
Nestled in a narrow strip of land on Mt Kinugasa, Kannonshōji has always been an important destination for mountain ascetics who practiced their austerities amid the strange massive boulders that cover the mountain. There is a profound mystical energy here, and many of the rocks are carved with ancient Buddha figures that are now faded and worn from the weather and covered in lichen and moss. You really feel as though you might be spirited away by mountain sprites as you wander any one of the eight approach pathways up the mountain. The temple complex was struck by lightening in 1990, completely destroying the temple and its sacred image of Kannon. The new temple, with its new magnificent thousand-armed Kannon, was only opened in 2007.

General Information about Kannonshōji
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 Kannonshōji