Denomination: Rinzai (臨済宗)
Main Image: Kokuzo Bosatsu (虚空蔵菩薩)
Location: Kouchi, Shimoda (下田市河内)
In 1402 of the Muromachi Period, while on pilgrimage in the area, a well-respected
monk from the Tendai school of Buddhism declared the land where Koyo-in stands
today as sacred ground. Here he built a hermitage in which there were two main
images, Kokuzo Bosatsu and Jizo Bosatsu. The image of Kokuzo Bosatsu is said to
be made by Kobo Daishi.
The stone Jizo image located in an outer building is also said to be the work of
Kobo Daishi. Local fisherman pray here for their safety while out on the sea.