Kitamuki-kannon Temple Reviews
A beautiful shrine with gorgeous outdoor shrines surrounding it. No access charge and set against a hillside forest. It just oozes character and history. My choice for this area. more »
長野県上田市にある別所温泉にある天台宗の霊場です。別所温泉街の高台にありました。平安時代初期に比叡山延暦寺座主の慈覚大師円仁により開創され、少し離れた北側にある常楽寺は北向観音堂の本坊(本寺)になります。 北向観音堂と言うだけあり本堂(観音堂)が北向きに建っていますがこれはとても珍しいことで、他には例があまりないと言われています。北向観音堂は千手観音様を御本尊とし現世利益を願います。 対照的に... more »It is a sacred place of the Tendai sect in Bessho Onsen in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. It was on a hill in Bessho Onsen town. It was founded in the early Heian period by the head of hieizan Enryakuji, The Jikaku Daishi Enjin, and the Jorakuji Temple on the north side of the temple was the main temple of kitamuko Kannondo. It is said that the main hall (Kannon-do) is built in the north direction only called Kitamuko Kannon-do, but this is very rare, and there are not many other examples. Kitamuko Kannon-do is the main image of Sente Kannon and asks for the benefit of this world. In contrast...
This is one of the must-visit sights in Bessho Onsen. The temple has a deep and interesting history, modest but well-maintained buildings, ancient trees, and a great view. There's no entrance fee but also no English information. It's not touristy but often full of tourists, so I personally find some other places in the surrounding countryside more impressive.
One of our most memorable experiences, we were there in April 2016 , the food was amazing .
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