Shōfuku-ji (Odawara)

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Shōfuku-ji
勝福寺
Odawara Shofuku-ji 01.jpg
Main hall
Basic information
Location 1167 Iizumi Odawara-shi, Kanagawa
Affiliation Tō-ji branch Shingon
Deity Jūichimen Kannon
(Eleven-Headed Kannon)
Country Japan Japan
Architectural description
Founder Dōkyō (?)
Completed 753 (?)

Shōfuku-ji (勝福寺?) is a Shingon sect Buddhist temple located in the northeastern portion of the city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is more popularly known as the Iizumi Kannon (飯泉観音?), after its primary object of worship. Shōfuku-ji is the 5th 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, Shōfuku-ji was founded in the Nara period by the priest Dōkyō for the soul of the deceased Empress Kōken, and housed an image of Kannon brought to Japan by the famed Tang dynasty priest Guanjin, which had been owned by the Empress. However, no historical documents have survived to substantiate this legend, and the history of the temple is thus uncertain. The temple was relocated to its present location in 830 AD. Shōfuku-ji is mentioned in the Kamakura period story, Soga Monogatari, and enjoyed the patronage of the Go-Hōjō clan during the Sengoku period. The current Hondō dates from 1706, and is the oldest surviving structure of the temple, although the bronze bell is dated 1629.

At present, the temple belongs to the Tō-ji branch of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. Its honzon is a Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu .

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Coordinates: 35°16′48.1″N 139°9′51.6″E / 35.280028°N 139.164333°E / 35.280028; 139.164333

Preceded by
Hase-dera
#4
Bandō Sanjūsankasho
Shōfuku-ji
#5
Succeeded by
Iiyama Kannon
#6