Denomination: Rinzai (臨済宗)
Main Image: Miroku Bosatsu (弥勒大菩薩)
Location: Minami Izu-cho (南伊豆町)
Kaizoji was a Tendai denomination sect at its inception and was located in a different
area to where it stands at present. Some time between 1532 and 1555 it was
relocated and re-established as part of the Rinzai denomination.
The main image, Miroku Bosatsu, is said to be the original work of the famous monk
Gyoki. Within the temple grounds is an image of Hotei, the god of contentment, depicted with a bare potbelly and carrying a bag. Kaizoji also serves as temple number 30 on the Izu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage.
In 1874 en route to Yokohama from Taiwan, a French postal vessel, the Neil found
itself caught in bad weather and docked here at the nearby port. The French sailors who lost their lives on the voyage rest here at a special memorial grave at Kaizoji.