Ioji Temple

Ioji Temple was founded in 826 by the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi, and a Buddhist statue that he carved of ‘Yakushi Nyorai’ (Buddha of Medicine) is enshrined here. The temple was used by the Sato household who were the administrators of the Shinobu district (former name of the Fukushima City area) in the late Heian Period (794-1185).

Motoharu Sato (1113-1189) was a religious man who expanded the grounds and built more structures so that the feudal lord in nearby Otori Castle could look down upon the temple. You can also visit the former site of Otori Castle in nearby Tatenoyama Park.

The temple was also visited by the famous poet Matsuo Basho in 1689.

 

Opening Hours
8:30am ~ 5:00pm
(May close early during winter)

 

Cost
Adult: 300 yen
Children (Under 18): FREE

 

Access

Bike:

15 minutes from Iizaka Onsen Station

(Free and paid bike rental service available from Iizaka Onsen Station)

Train:

330 yen

19 minutes + 12 minutes walk

Route(s): Iizaka Line (飯坂線)
From: Fukushima Station
To: Ioji-mae (医王寺前)

 

Links
English Introduction: http://www.iou-ji.or.jp/images/english201702.pdf (English)
Homepage: http://www.iou-ji.or.jp/index.html (Japanese)

 

Nearby Tourist Spots
Hanamomo no Sato (1.8 km)
Iizaka Onsen Station (1.9 km)
Sabakoyu (2.0 km)
Kyu Horikiri-tei (2.1 km)
Nakano Fudoson (2.9 km)

 

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