The 30th of Aizu's 33 Kannon pilgrimage sites, one of the Korori Three Kannon
The 30th of Aizu's 33 Kannon pilgrimage sites is Nakata Kannon of the Sotoshu Fumonzan Koan-ji Temple.
Shika, mother of the famous doctor Hideyo Noguchi—the bacteriologist who discovered the cause of syphilis and is pictured on the 1000-yen bill—, was a devout follower of this temple. It is said that she prayed here for her son’s burns to be healed and for his social success, and that she prayed all day in the temple on the 17th of each month. These stories are left behind in the temple with a photo of mother and son visiting together. One of the Aizu Korori Three Kannon, this temple receives worshipers from near and far who come to put their arms around the “Dakitsuki(Embracing) pillar”, which is said to make visitors’ desires come true.
Juichimen(Eleven faced) Kannon
Megurikite yomono chisato wo nagamureba Korezo Aizu no Nakada naruran
Koan-ji Temple, Old Kannon-do Hall zushi shrine
This temple was named Koan-ji because it was built in year 2 of the Koan era (1279). This zushi shrine was originally used to worship Juichimen Kannon.
Koan-ji Temple, bronze standing statues of Juichimen Kannon with attendants Fudo Myo-o and Jizo Bosatsu
A Kannon statue cast in 1274.
- Nakata Kannon
- Aizumisato Town
- Aizu's 33 Kannon Aizu's Korori 3 Kannon National Important Cultural Properties
- Donoatoko-147 Yoneta, Aizumisato Town, Onuma District, Fukushima
- 5 min from Negishi Station on foot
- Parking Lot
- Yes (45 spaces)
- No reservation required to visit the temple. Reservation by the day prior to visit required to view the Kannon.
[Viewing days] Individual: 10:00 only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Group (10 or more): all days and times available
*Both require reservation by the day prior to visit.
- Aizumisato Town Tourism Association