[The Jizo Hall with its wooden votive panels with nippers and nails]
According to legend, the Jizo was carved by the famous priest Kukai from a stone he brought back from his sojourn in China. In reality, of course, it must have been one of the many anonymous carved stones standing at the wayside in old Japan. The main image of the temple, an Amida Trinity from the 13th century, was likewise set up by the wayside and later incorporated into the temple.
[Giant, decorative nippers in front of the small temple hall]
[Offerings out of gratitude of nails and nippers]
So from then on, when people thought the Jizo helped them find relief, they would offer a set of two nails and a nail puller attached to a small wooden board to the temple as a token of gratitude. The custom still exists and many of these sets have been attached to the outside wall of the Jizo Hall – a most original decoration. The temple is always busy with supplicants.
[Jizo is present in the temple grounds as well]
Hrs.: 8：30～16：30. Free. Access: 3 min walk from Kyoto City Bus stop "Senbon Kamidachiuri."