Nakano Fudouson temple has long been a site of worship for many people since its opening in 1179. Emyo Donin was led to this mountain by a serow. After receiving a divine message from the god of the mountain, he worshipped the deity Mikazuki Fudo Myoo and lit a sacred fire. Nakano Fudouson was known as one of Japan’s three main temples to Fudo Myoo north of Edo, particularly in the Michinoku region. There are three statues of merciful Fudo Myoo: Yakuyoke Fudo Myoo in the Hondo (main hall), Ganshu Fudo Myoo in the Kitoden (prayer hall), and Mikazuki Fudo Myoo inside the cave at the Okunoin (inner sanctuary).
Fudo Myoo answers all sorts of requests from anyone who prays with a pure heart. He is immensely powerful, with the ability to remove obstacles, defeat evil spirits, and perform acts of charity for all people with a spirit of equality. Many people still pray in front of Fudo Myoo today.
As an embodiment of the wheel of injunction, Fudo Myoo has a fearsome appearance with a sword in his right hand and a rope in his left. He stands in front of a flame because he is said to burn away worldly desires with the flame of wisdom, and to guide people towards enlightenment.
Nakano Fudouson accepts prayer requests as follows.
- 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
* Until 3:30 p.m. during the winter season (October to December)
- First temple visit of the New Year, Shichigosan festival, household peace and prosperity, safe childbirth, realization of wishes, recovery from illness, physical protection, physical health, ceremonial cleansing, business prosperity, passing entrance examinations, traffic safety, vehicle safety, etc.
- From ¥5,000, ¥10,000, ¥20,000, and ¥30,000
- How to request
- Please visit the Temple Office
28 Aza Sekizaka, Nakano, Iizaka-machi, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima Prefecture 960-0261
- Approximately 25 minutes from Fukushima Station
- Take the Nakano-bound bus from Stop #12 at the East Exit of Fukushima Station.
After about 25 minutes, get off at Nakano Fudouson Iriguchi
The temple is an approximately five-minute walk from the bus stop
- Approximately 25 minutes on the Fukushima Transportation Iizaka Line
Get off at Iizaka Onsen Station (the last stop)
The temple is about 10 minutes away by taxi
- Opening/closing time
- 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from mid-October to December
- Temple precincts
- Please follow the route, which includes the Togenuki Jizo statue, Koto Shimizu spring, Kitoden (prayer hall), Nosatsudo (votive hall), Dainichido hall, Fudotaki waterfall, caves, etc. Afterwards, please stop by Kamoshika-an tea house to enjoy a free cup of tea.
- Entrance to the temple is free.