Denomination: Shingon (真言宗)
Main Image: Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来)
Location: Shimoda (下田市)
As with many of the temples in the area, not a lot is of detail is known about Chorakuji’s
origins except for the fact that it was originally named Yakushi-in Chorakuji, and was first built at a different location. Chorakuji also serves as temple number 23 in the Izu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage.
Chorakuji is the location where the first treaty establishing diplomatic ties between
Russia and Japan was signed on December 26th, 1854. The temple was commandeered by the Tokugawa Shogunate for the purpose of holding these important talks in a bid to end Japan’s period of self isolation.