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Nangakuji Temple




This is where you will find Tetsuryukai's mummy, Tetsuryukai was born in 1820 in Akita Prefecture. At the age of 16, he entered Nangakuji Temple. Specialists say Tetsuryukai was involved in a case of murder, which led him to seek to expiate his crimes.

He was very devoted in his task of helping the people around him. In 1848, he rebuilt Renshoji Temple (Iwate Prefecture) after a big fire destroyed the place. In 1871, he opened a tunnel with dynamite in the area of Kamo, so pilgrims and merchants could travel easily.

He became a sokushinbutsu in 1881, at the age of 62.

The mummy is located at the ground floor. The monks are not there all the time. You are asked to leave the entrance fees in the box provided for the purpose.


Practical Information:

Area: Tsuruoka

Distance from the station: 10 minutes (by car)

Type: Spiritual

Basic Info

Entrance fee: 400 yen per adult (300 yen per child)

Open hours: 8:30 to 16:30

Closed days: January 2nd, May 13rd, August 14th

Address:  3-6 SunadamachiTsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0839

Phone number: (+81)235-23-5054

Around there:

Dainichibo Temple

The temple that entombs the mummy of Shinnyokai.

Honmyoji Temple

Meet here the first of the Yudono Sokushinbutsu mummies: Honmyokai-shonin.

Hiking trails:

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Mt. Kinbo's Pilgrimage

Dewa Sanzan is not the only sacred place of Shugendo in Tsuruoka. Discover another sacred Yamabushi place around Yutagawa Onsen.

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