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Shinsho-ji Temple

Chiba

Shinsho-ji is a large temple founded in the mid-10th century by adherents of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The temple is dedicated to Fudomyo-o (the god of fire), who is believed to drive out evil spirits. In the front of the temple is an altar, and a central fireplace where wood is placed. Fire symbolizes wisdom, while the wood symbolizes the many illusions that perplex us. This means that the fire of wisdom burns out the wood of illusions, a concept known as "goma" (holy fire for invocation), and the Shinsho-ji is known as the center of goma training for the Shingon sect. The twelve sections of the doors of the Shaka-do (the hall enshrining the image of Shakamuni, the historical Buddha) in the temple grounds are carved with images derived from Chinese folklore, while Dainichi-Nyorai, the principal image of the Buddha, is enshrined in the Komyo-do, which was built in the early 18th century. Both halls have been designated Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government. Other buildings, including a three-storied pagoda, Nio-mon (a temple gate with a pair of Deva kings standing at at either side), and hall of framed pictures (a display of votive pictures of horses), have also been designated Important Cultural Properties.

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Address: 1 Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba
Admission Fee: Free in the temple precincts

[Walk]JR Narita Stn./15-min. walk

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