Iiyama Kannon

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For other temples of the same name, see Hase-dera (disambiguation).
Hase-dera
長谷寺
Iiyama Kannon.jpg
Main Hall of IIyama Kannon
Information
Mountain Name Iigamisan (飯上山)
Denomination Shingon
Venerated Jūichimen Kannon
Founded unknown
Address Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa
Country Japan Japan

Hase-dera, or Chōkoku-ji (長谷寺?) is a Shingon sect Buddhist temple located outside of Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is more popularly known as the Iiyama Kannon (飯山観音?), after its primary object of worship.

It is the 6th temple in the Bandō Sanjūsankasho pilgrimage circuit of 33 Buddhist temples in the Kantō region of eastern Japan to the Bodhisattva Kannon.

History[edit]

According to temple legend, Hase-dera was founded by either the wandering holy ascetic Gyōki around 725 AD, or the famed prelate Kūkai from 810-835 AD. However, no historical documents have survived to substantiate this legend, and the history of the temple is thus uncertain. During the Kamakura period, the temple was a center for ecumenical studies linking the Shingon sect with the Tendai, Ritsu and Zen sects, along with Kakuon-ji in Kamakura and Shōmyo-ji in Mutsuura. At present, the temple belongs to the Kōyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

The temple's Main Hall dates from the Edo period and houses the honzon bronze Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu. The temple is also noted for its sakura in spring.

Coordinates: 35°29′30.24″N 139°18′41.52″E / 35.4917333°N 139.3115333°E / 35.4917333; 139.3115333

Preceded by
Shōfuku
#5
Bandō Sanjūsankasho
Iiyama Kannon
#6
Succeeded by
Kōmyō-ji (Hiratsuka)
#7