Denomination: Soto (曹洞宗)
Main Image: Amida Nyorai (阿弥陀如来)
Location: Nirayama-Tada, Izunokuni (伊豆の国市韮山多田)
Originally a Shingon temple in its inception, legend has it that a dragon lived in the nearby rice paddies. There is no record of how, but the people overcame the dragon and exterminated it. After this, people became plagued with a contagious disease.
They decided to have a memorial service to honour the defeated dragon as it was believed to be the cause of the villagers’ suffering. In 1510, they gave the dragon a posthumous name, a jizo son made by Kobo Daishi became the main image, and the temple was re-established as part of the Soto denomination.