Kokeizan Eiho-ji Temple

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An old and famous temple amid natural beauty to match famous Chinese scenes

Kokeizan Eiho-ji Temple was established in the Kamakura period. The first part of the name, Kokei, is said to have been used by the founder, the monk Muso Soseki, because it resembled the famous Tiger Ravine in Mount Lu, China, now a World Heritage site. The gardens and buildings are spread out gracefully amid the natural beauty, long the Toki River flowing through the mountains. The Kaizan Hall and Kannon Hall have been designated National Treasures, while the garden is a national Place of Extraordinary Beauty. A 25-meter tall gingko tree stands on the grounds, the glorious golden leaves in the fall that vie for beauty with the flaming reds of the surrounding maples.
Garyu Pond, located in the garden in front of the Kannon Hall, is spanned by Musai Bridge, with its intriguing arched design. A single waterfall feeds the pond, plunging down a huge rock. The water, said to be a spring on Mount Kokei located near a cluster of star magnolias, is clear and fresh. Atop the rock is a hexagonal hall where a host of stone Buddhas stands.

Legends of prayers for good marriages, from a mountain “power spot”

On the temple grounds, the stone figure called Binzuru is also worshipped. It was once believed that rubbing the statue in the same place you hurt would cure you, and believers came here to the “rubbing Buddha.”
The Ryofuen Gorge on the adjacent Toki River has an interesting legend. It was said that if you wrote a request for a number of meals on a particular day, for a wedding or other ceremony, on a piece of paper and floated it down the river from here, the Dragon God would prepare them and leave them on the riverbank for you. The area is still thought to bring good luck to people seeking happy marriages.
The main hall and one other building burned down in 2003, but thanks primarily to funding from the private sector were rebuilt to the original specifications: the smaller building in 2007, and the main hall in June 2011.

Kokeizan Eiho-ji Temple

Address

1-40 Kokeizan-cho, Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture

Hours

7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed

Open daily

Cost

Free of charge

Phone

0572-22-0351

Access

By Tohtetsu Bus heading for Onada • Kotaki from JR Tajimi Sta. to Kokeizan, then walk 7 min

Web site

http://www.kokei.or.jp/
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