Denomination: Soto (曹洞宗)
Main Image: Seikanzeon Bosatsu (聖観世音菩薩)
Location: Rendaiji, Shimoda (下田市蓮台寺)
In the year 1612 at the end of the Muromachi period a small hermitage near Rendaiji was re-established at its current location as part of the Soto denomination and named Kodaiji.
On February 7, 1855, Russian Vice-Admiral Euphimy Putiatin and Toshiakira Kawaji signed the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Russia and Japan to mark the start of official relations between Russia and Japan.
While in Shimoda, the great Ansei Tokai Earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck with a magnitude of 8.4, and waves as high as 7 meters, destroying hundreds of homes in Shimoda, as well as Putiatin’s Russian ships. It was here at Kodaiji that the Russian delegation fled from the damage and destruction done to the Shimoda area.
Kodaiji and its main image, an Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu, is also part of the Izu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage serving as temple number 19.