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Churenji Temple




It is said that Kobo-Daishi (or Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism (the esoteric school of Buddhism specific to Japan), himself built this temple in 825 (a few years after Dainichibo Temple). With Dainichibo Temple, they constitute the pillars of the Shingon Buddhism practice around Mt. Yudono.

This is where you will find Tetsumonkai's mummy, the most famous sokushinbutsu of them all. Tetsumonkai was born in 1789 and died in 1830 at the age of 71. He entered Churenji Temple at the age of 21. Feeling remorse for his past crimes (he murdered two soldiers as an act of self-defense), he chose to serve the people by becoming a Buddhist monk. He led his training further by undertaking the sokushinbutsu training, which he successfully accomplished to the end.

Apart from the mummy, you will find a strange pop-art ceiling with dozens of pop culture icons painted in bright colors, and a 200-year-old Sakura tree: the Shimekakezakura.


Practical Information:

To go there with the public transportation, get on the bus bound of Ochiai 落合 (timetable in Japanese) and get off at Asahi Chosha mae 朝日庁舎前. Make a transfer to the Asahi Shiei Van Bus 朝日市営バス bound for Oami 大網線 (timetable in Japanese) and get off at Oamikyokumae 大網局前.

Walk 5 minutes up to Dainichibo Temple. From Dainichibo Temple, follow the paved road to Churenji temple (30 minutes walk).

Entrance fees: 500 yen per adult (300 yen per child)

Open hours:

May to October: 9:00 to 17:00

November to April: 10:00 to 16:00

Closed days: None

Around there:

Dainichibo Temple

The temple that entombs the mummy of Shinnyokai.

Kuwadai Sakura Park

One thousand cherry trees in Asahi region.

Hiking trails:

Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Churenji to Dainichibo Temple

Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Churenji to Dainichibo Temple

The road that connects two of the most important temples in Mt. Yudono's history, each entombing a Sokushinbutsu mummy.

Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Honmyoji to Churenji

Rokujurigoe-Kaido: From Honmyoji to Churenji

The starting point of the Rokujurigoe-Kaido pilgrimage to Mt. Yudono.

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