The Terashita Kannon Temple

The Terashita Kannon Temple is said to have been built by a monk named Gyoki during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). It is the first temple on the Oshu-Nanbu-Nukanobu’s 33 temple pilgrimage route. The temple is dedicated to the Buddhist Bodhisattva of compassion Kannon (in Japanese or Guanyin in Chinese).

Located on the grounds of the temple is also the Ushioyama Shrine. The shrine & temple complex is an interesting example of the sharing of grounds between temples and shrines, and one that is not often seen in present-day due to the separation of shrines and temples by the Meiji government in the late 1800s.
The people of the area have revered the shrine & temple as sacred places for centuries. The temple’s yearly festival takes place on May 3rd and is very popular. The temple’s bell can be heard ringing all day long as people bustle in and out of the grounds, praying for everything from recovery from illnesses to the safety of their families.  


Terashita-8 Akabonai, Hashikami, Sannohe District, Aomori

By Car: 50 min from Hachinohe IC

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