Zuiryuji Temple

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A natural treasure left to us by the Kaga Maeda

This famous Soto-school Zen temple was built by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Maeda han. The name is said to derive from the posthumous Buddhist name of Maeda Toshinaga, which was Zuiryu-in. The main gate, main hall, and Dharma hall stand in a line, and the temple buildings are laid out symmetrically left and right, interconnected by roofed passageways in a beautiful and powerful sight. Construction took about 20 years to complete. The temple complex was originally surrounded by a moat, like a castle. The buildings toward the front were destroyed by fire in the mid-18th century, and the main gate rebuilt about 70 years later. In the late Showa era the temple underwent extensive repair over a ten-year span, and in 1997 the main gate, main hall, and Dharma hall were designated national architectural treasures.

Take home a talisman for the God of the Toilet!

The oldest Buddha statue in the temple is the standing statue of Ucchusma, who is often worshipped as the protective deity of toilets at Zen temples. You can request a popular protective talisman from Ucchusma at the temple. Affix it above eye height and keep your toilet clean to cure disease, ensure safe childbirth, find good employment, have children, and prosper, goes the legend.
Many visitors also enjoy the opportunity to practice copying Buddhist scripture. Each character must be made with care, and when your calligraphy is complete you are refreshed. The completed scriptures are donated as a dedication.

Zuiryuji Temple

Address

35 Sekihommachi, Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture

Hours

9:00 am to 4:30 pm (winter opening Dec. 10 - Jan. 31, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Closed

Open daily

Cost

Adult, 500 yen; junior high or high school student, 200 yen; elementary school student, 100 yen

Phone

0766-22-0179

Access

On foot from JR Shin Takaoka Sta., about 15 min

Web site

http://www.zuiryuji.jp/
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