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Kokuseki-ji Temple

黒石寺(奥州市)

Kokusekiji Temple is a Tendai sect temple originally established in 729 and rebuilt in 849. To see the Sedentary Image of Yakushi Nyorai, a national important cultural property, you must contact the temple in advance. In February, a dynamic festival called “Kokusekiji Somin-sai” is held, in which men pour cold water on themselves to pray for rich harvest and to drive away ill fortune. The men are divided into 2 groups, and they compete to grab the “Somin Bag” which is supposed to bring good luck. There is a soba restaurant in front of the temple gate.
No photos in the Main Hall.

VENUE DETAILS

Address
17 Yamauchi, Kokuseki-cho, Mizusawa-ku, Oshu City
023-0101 岩手県奥州市水沢区黒石町山内17
Hours
9:00-16:00 ( reservation required )
Regular holidays
dates vary
Addmission
high school students and up 300 yen ( groups of 20 or more: 200 yen )
Access 1
Taxi bout 15 min. from JR Mizusawa-Esashi Station
Access 2
Taxi About 12 min. from JR Mizusawa Station
Access 3
Bicycle Rental Mizusawa Tourist Information 9:00-17:00 7 bicycles available 0197-24-4452
Access 4
Car About 25 min. from Mizusawa IC

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