宇津ノ谷峠(藤枝側)

Sakashita Jizodo

This temple hall with statues of the bodhisattva Jizo (Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha) is located at the western entrance to Utsunoya Pass on the old Tokaido Road. While the precise year of its construction is a mystery, there are lanterns on the grounds of the temple engraved with years of the Kanbun (1661 –1673) and Genroku (1688 – 1704) eras, so it is clearly a place long visited by travelers praying for safety when they cross the mountain. Legend has it that Jizo helped peasants in need, such as by pulling the nose ring of a cow unable to walk in order to make it move again, and by reaping the rice harvest. For that reason, he is also referred to as Hanatori (Nose-Pulling) Jizo or Inekari (Rice-Harvesting) Jizo in Japanese. It is customary to offer a sickle as a sign of appreciation when one’s prayers are answered, so many sickles and other farm tools have been left in the hall.

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name
Sakashita Jizodo
Genre
Shrines
Area
宇津ノ谷峠(藤枝側)
address
Okabe, Okabe-cho, Fujieda-shi, Shizuoka-ken
business hours
Open to visitors
holiday
None
price
Free
Parking
Please use the Parking Lot of Tsuta no Hosomichi Park
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