Denomination: Soto (曹洞宗)
Main Image: Seikanzeon Bosatsu (聖観世音菩薩)
Location: Jo, Izu City (伊豆市城)
Upon arriving at Jofu-in, I was greeted by two women outside the main hall, busily cleaning the temple grounds. They kindly directed me towards the main hall. When the doors opened, I saw several people inside sitting patiently in formal, black clothes awaiting the start of a memorial service for one of their deceased family members. In full ceremonial robes, the head priest generously paused his preparation to come over, stamp my book (shu-in cho), and wish me well on my journey.
Jofu-in was erected in the 12th year of the Tenbun Period (1542). A fire
originating in the village left only ashes in the Meireki Period in 1655, but
was quickly rebuilt over a year. Then in the 11th year of the Kanbun Period (1671), a landslide caused by heavy rains buried the temple. In the Enpo Era in 1678, being struck with grief at the destruction of the temple, decided to draw up a plan to rebuild but died from disease before his plans could come to fruition. An apprentice continued with the work and built a small monastery. In the 9th year of the Enpo Era (1681), it was restored once again, and remains in the same state today.
In front of the main hall is an very large bell usually rung on New Year’s Eve 108 times to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief.