39 Kannonji 観音寺(かんのんじ)

Denomination:  Soto (曹洞宗)

Main Image:  Juichimen Kanzeon Bosatsu (十一面観世音菩薩)

Location:  Suzaki, Shimoda (下田市須崎)

Main entrance

Main entrance

The eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu that serves as Kannonji’s main image is said to be
made by the famous Japanese sculptor during the Kamakura period, Unkei. Originally a Shingon denomination temple situated up the river from Suzaki Peninsula under another name, in 1615 was renamed Kannonji, now belonging to the Soto denomination.

Main Hall

After a terrible fire in 1747, it was relocated to its current location.

Sei Kanzeon Bosatsu

Kannonji has also been included in the Izu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage as temple number 21 on the pilgrimage.

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