Hattasan Sonei-ji Temple
The Hattasan (Sonei-ji Temple) is one of the "three mountains of Enshu" and has a long history. Under the edict of Emperor Shomu in 725, Priest Gyoki, seeking a site for a sanctuary to be dedicated to Maha-karuna Avalokitesvara (Bosatsu of Great Compassion), enshrined the statue of Avalokitesvara that he carved in this temple. The Avalokitesvara is believed to remove bad luck and many people visit here to pray. The Niomon Gate (Deva gate) and Kongo Goshurei Bell (set of five bells with different handles) are nationally Important Cultural Properties. The Temple is also famous for its over 700 cherry trees and the bad luck removing "dango (rice dumpling)" offered in the Edo Period (1600-1867) with a talisman to pray for "Buun chokyu (good luck to you on the battlefield)," "Tenga taihei (peace in the Emperor's realm)," and "Gokoku joju (abundant harvest of crops)."'
Address: 2777 Toyosawa, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
[Bus]JR/Fukuroi Station/Entetsu Bus/15 min./Hattasan Bus Stop/On foot/10 min.