The temple where Emperor Saga offered his prayers
Koyasan Shingon Sect
No 20th Western Japan Medicine Buddha pilgrimage site
No 2nd Western Japan 17 Aizen pilgrimage site
No 76th of 88 Settu regional pilgrimage site
Good fortune by subduing misfortunes
Safety for the household
Safe driving (we offer blessings for your automobiles)
Fulfillment of one’s wishes
Our temple services, including prayers of subduing misfortunes, have long been said to be very beneficial. Many worshippers have visited the temple since ancient times.
Yakujin Myoo ( a hidden statue) is enshrined in the Yakujin Hall. The dedication of incense has never been ceased.
Get off at Mondoyakujin station of Hankyu Imazu line, walk 700m to the northwest.
OR - Get off at Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station, take a taxi.
Take route 117 from route 43 or route 171, drive north about 300m
60 ordinary car free parking spaces are available in temple parking lot.
Motor couches are requested reservation in advance.
Please refrain from coming by car during January and February
The Buddha of Medicine, called the
Three Yakujin Myoo (
two-headed Aizen myoo),
enshrined in the temple is said one of the three greatest of its kind. One of
these three was carved for the wish of peace of the nation and was later
enshrined at Amano Tenjin, at the foot of
The legend goes like this: in 829 when the Emperor Saga was forty one years of age, he had a dream of integration of two Buddhist images, Aizen Myoo and Fudo Myoo, that perished all the evils of the nation. When Kobodaishi ( founder of the sect) heard this story from the emperor, he carved out the image of Buddha using white sandal wood, imitating the image that the emperor described that he saw in his dream. The right side of the image represents Aizen Myoo, whose power is not only purification of any sort of attachments from where sufferings are originated, but also the great compassion. The left side of the image symbolizes Fudo Myoo, whose miraculous power burns and binds up both the seen evils and the unseen desires in one’s mind. Thus Yakujin Myoo is the Buddhist image whose power both destroys all misfortunes and grants good fortunes, safe household, good health, prosperity and fulfillment of one’s wishes.
Yaku (misfortune) is the wisdom of ancestors to address the turning points of our life.
“Yaku” means misfortune in the Japanese language and represents suffering and disaster. When our life is observed, we see certain turning points that result in a variety of physical, mental and social changes.
At the same time, it gives us an opportunity to recharge life energy, to prepare for further development, and to reflect on what we have done in the past with mental composure. Taking this into account, the idea of Yaku (misfortune) (age?) is the wisdom our ancestors intuited. Yaku (age?) gives us a chance to reflect back on the life we have lead in the past.
Services for Yaku (misfortune) destruction
How to offer your prayers in order to lead a safe life and gain peace of mind:
Tokoji temple offer services at your request.
The contents of the services: the wish of good fortune, safe household, good health, safe driving, and any other wishes.
Open hours: daily
The prayers are valid for a year. Annual prayers can be requested.
In the Hall of the Buddha of Medicine the main image is enshrined. The image is dubbed “Oyakushi-san.”
The Buddha of Medicine is well-known for his own great vow: recovery from all sorts of illness and peace of mind shall be granted to those who chant his name. The Buddha of Medicine was popularly called as the Great king of Benevolant Art.
One of the three great Yakujin Buddhas is enshrined in this hall. The temple offers prayers everyday for the sake of worshippers.
Fudo Hall (Fire burning ceremony hall)
This Hall dedicated to Fudo Myoo. Fudo literally means the unwavering state of enlightenment. The ferocious countenance of its face represents his dynamic salvation method to save beings from evils by his force. The fire burning ritual is conducted in this hall.
Daikoku Hall and Aizen Hall
In this hall the two statues of Buddha are enshrined.
Daikoku with his happy face represents wealth. The kitchen is a common place to enshrine this statue. Daikoku is one of the seven gods of treasures. The statue in the temple wears a hat in a shape of a lotus leaf and stands on a lotus pedestal. The statue of Aizen is painted in red in order to symbolize love and affection. It represents binding good ties in any relationship. The statue portrays the enlightenment that can be attained in the state of worldly-desires that always are working in mind.
Hall of Priest Kobo
The hall is attributed to the founder of Esoteric sect, the Priest Kobo.
Priest Kobo and Eighty-eight places of pilgrimage
The sands collected from the
eighty-eight pilgrimage places in
Every 19th day of each month
19th of each month is the monthly festival day of the enshrined Buddha, Yakujinn Myoo.
The worshippers are treated with a set of tea and a cake.
New Year’s Day (New Year’s Service)
January 18th and 19th
The grand ceremony and fire burning service are conducted in front of Buddha, Yakujin
Hundreds of thousands of worshippers, regardless of age and sex, visit the temple.
February 3rd (Star Festival, Bean throwing festival)
Since olden times, we believe that our life is governed by the movement of stars and that we are trapped in trouble when evil stars fall on our fate. A special ceremony is offered to the Buddha of Stars for wishing the driving away of evils and for inviting happiness and longevity.
April 13th (Festival for children thirteen years of age)
A special service is dedicated on this day for the wish of the healthy growth of children who have reached the age of thirteen (according to the Lunar Calendar).
Application of this service is accepted until the end of April. (?????)
April 19th (Spring Festival)
Services reciting sutras and a fire-burning ceremony are performed.
August 19th (Summer Festival)
A variety of events and shows are provided for the enjoyment of worshippers.
October 19th (Autumn Festival)
Services reciting sutras and a fire-burning ceremony are performed.
November 15th (Children’s Festival)
Children three, five and seven years of age receive blessings for their healthy growth in the temple.
Application for this service is accepted until the end of November. (?????)
November 19th (Memorial Service for the used dolls)
Worn-out dolls given to the temple are burned with gratitude.
Application for this service is accepted from March 1st through November 19th (morning hours only on November 19th).
December 19th (The Year-end Festival)
Services for gratitude of the whole year at the year end.
Daikokuten Festival (Every Kinoe-no-ne Day according to the lunar calendar)
Services for the wish of good fortune and prosperity
A large mass of worshippers fills the temple ground.
Below the main gate is the 42 flares (????) of steps, the number that is followed after the age that men are likely to fall in misfortune at the age of forty-two. (???) Before the middle gate is the 33 flares of steps, the number applied to the women who are susceptable to be trapped by misfortunes at the age of thirty-three. (???) When the worshippers use the steps, they are believed to drop off their misfortunes.
Chart of the ages of misfortune for men and women
Great yaku: men 25. 41. 42. 43.
:women 18.104.22.168. 37. 61
minor yaku :both men and women 22.214.171.124.10. 13. 24. 49. 52..55.60. 126.96.36.199.91
(The ages described here are counted by the lunar calendar, which means a baby at birth is one year old and gains one year of age at each New Year’s. In short, you must add one year to the year calculated by the solar calendar.)