Tanukidani-san Fudō-in Temple (狸谷山不動院)

Tanukidani-san Fudoin is the head temple of Shugendo, the Shingon sect of Buddhism, located in Ichijoji, Sakyo-ku. The main hall of the temple, built in the Kengai-zukuri style (stage style), is located up the hill from Shisen-do Hall and 250 more steps.

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Tanukidani-san Fudoin Temple
Tanukidani-san Fudoin Temple

The origin of the Temple dates back to the Heian period (794-1185), when Emperor Kanmu enshrined a statue of Fudo at this location northeast of the capital as a protection against the demon gate. The main deity is a stone statue of Tanukidani Fudo Myoo, enshrined in a shallow cave at the back of the main hall. You will only be able to see the Fudo Myoo image during special openings.

If you are lucky, you may be able to see the monk offers a prayer in the manner of Shugendo. If you pay, he will pray for you.

It is said that in 1604, Musashi Miyamoto performed waterfall training in the Tanukidani Valley.

Model course to visit Tanukidani-san Fudoin

Nearby spots

Hachidai Jinja Shrine is also a place where Miyamoto Musashi once visited.

Shisendo is a small temple with a beautiful garden at the foot of the hill.

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