Denomination: Soto (曹洞宗)
Main Image: Enmei Jizo Bosatsu (延命地蔵菩薩)
Location: Nishi Izu-cho (西伊豆町大沢里)
In the year 800, at the age of 27, Kobodaishi embarked on a pilgrimage around the Izu
Peninsula.Near the present day location of Hozo-in, as he was reading and reciting ancient sutras, from the woods it is said that he saw six rays of light shining on the hermitage in which he was in.When he went outside to further explore he saw six rays of light which shone brightly on six large trees.He saw this as a revelation of the salvation of the suffering of all living things the six lower worlds. He gave it the name 金剛法蔵密院.In the year 830, Emperor Junna came to the site and repaired the hermitage, building more temple buildings restoring it as a place for religious retreat.