Denomination: Soto (曹洞宗)
Main Image: Fudo Myo-o (不動明王)
Location: Shimoda (下田市吉在美)
One of the oldest temples in the area dating back to sometime between 859 to 877 of
the Heian Period, Hotoku-in enshrines both a Fudo Myo-O and 16 Rakan (disciples
of Buddha who have attained Nirvana) on the same pedestal.
The Fudo Myo-O which serves as the main image is said to be one of a thousand
statues dating back to the 6th or 7th century which made its way from Maghada, one of the ancient kingdoms of India, through China and into Japan. Enchin, a famous Tendai monk, offered the statue to Minamoto Yoritomo as a show of deep respect, in hopes that it would unify the people of Izu religiously.