Daifuku-ji

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Coordinates: 35°1′50.26″N 139°50′29.50″E / 35.0306278°N 139.8415278°E / 35.0306278; 139.8415278

Daifuku-ji
大福寺
Daifukuji (Tateyama).JPG
Kannon Hall (観音堂, kannondō) of Daifuku-ji
Basic information
Location 835 Funakata Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture
Affiliation Chizen Sect of Shingon Buddhism
Deity Eleven-Faced Kannon
Country Japan
Completed 717

Daifuku-ji (大福寺) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Tateyama in Chiba Prefecture, and is a temple of the Chizen Sect of Shingon Buddhism. According to tradition, the temple was founded by Gyōki (668 - 749) in 717 early in the Nara period. It was later revived by a visit by the Tendai Buddhist priest Ennin (794 - 864) early in the Heian period. The date at which the temple returned to the Shingon sect is unknown. The temple received a juinjō (朱印状) seal of certification from the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period.

Kannon-dō[edit]

The temple is well known for its Kannon Hall (観音堂, kannondō) hall dedicated to the Goddess Kannon, which is situated on a sheer cliff of the boat-shaped Mount Funakata. For this reason the Kannon-dō is also known as the Cliff Kannon-dō Gake no Kannon-dō (崖の観音). In the rear of the hall is a 1.5 meter tall statue of the Goddess Kannon. The Kannon-dō is designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by Tateyama City.

Transportation[edit]

Daifuku-ji is located in the Funakata District of Tateyama. It is accessible by foot from Nakofunakata Station, JR East Uchibō Line.

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