This temple, which belongs to the Koyasan Shingon esoteric school of Buddhism, is located in Gojo. It used to be called Kongosan Gyojabo (“ascetic practitioners’ lodge on Mount Kongo”). It took its current form when its principal object of worship, the Buddhist deity Hoki Bosatsu, was summoned from Kongosan Tenporin-ji Temple, which was closed following an 1868 order to separate Shintoism and Buddhism.
The temple continues the tradition of holding the Lotus Festival, which was previously held at Tenporin-ji Temple on June 7 on the traditional calendar, the anniversary of En no Gyoja’s death. The temple houses statues of En no Gyoja (the former principal image) and the wrathful guardian deities Fudo Myo-o and Daiitoku Myo-o, as well as a jar, a treasured item that En no Gyoja is said to have used successfully to pray for rain at Amaga-taki Falls.
Temple office 0747-22-4476
1161 Kuruno-cho, Gojo-shi, Nara Prefecture
10 min. drive from Gojo-kita IC on Keinawa Expressway
Open 24 hours