Iwaya-do Kannon-do (Temple)
Echigo thirty-three places Kannon hallowed ground No.1 Fudasho
This temple was established by Taichou Taishi (683 ~ 767 AD) who was active in the Hokuriku area in the 8th century. During the Kamakura Era, this temple was also visited by the regent of the Shogunate, Hojo Tokiyori, who was so spiritually moved that he made this the first stop of the pilgrimage to the 33 Kannon Temples in Echigo (Niigata).
Also, during the Warring States period, Uesugi Kenshin prayed here, and clan leader Nagao Nakagenao build a family tomb here for his mother. It is said that he also donated the land here, so the temple is also known as Enmyo Hut.
Within the grounds, it is said that the giant stone slab known as "Suzuri Iwa" ( Koubo's Ink Stone) contains ancient Sanskrit writings.
Where natural stones are laid quietly in a path in the woods, where the Kannon-do is overhung by giant stones and surrounded by giant zelkova trees, visitors can feel inspiration in the midst of silence, and the mystery of history.
|Name of places:||Iwaya-do Kannon-do (Temple)|
|Address:||842 Nadachiomachi, Nadachi-ku, Joestsu-shi, Niigata|
|Traffic access(train):||Take the Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai Hisui Line to Nadachi Station. From there it's 10 minutes walk.|
|Traffic access(bus):||Take the Kubiki bus to Iwayado and it's a 10 minutes walk.|
|Traffic access(car):||By Hokuriku Expressway: 8 minutes drive from Nadachi-Tanihama IC Exit.|
|Tel:||025-526-5111 (Tourism Promotion Division)|
|Business hours:||There is no monk in the temple so it is usually locked. If you wish to look around the area, please ask for the caretaker, Mr. Kazuo Watanabe at 025-537-2635.|
|Average time to see:||40min
|Car parking:||Free parking with space available for 30 vehicles. (Large buses may also enter the parking lot)|