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FUMONJI (Buddhist Temple)
4-2274 Hishimachi, Kiryu
0277-43-5683
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Fumonji is a Soto sect Buddhist temple. The temple is dedicated to the Bodhisattva, Seikanzei'on. In 1575, during the time Lord Narashige Yura governed Kiryu, he had this temple transferred from Seradago to its present location.

During the great fire of 1843, the temple building was reduced to ashes. After about one hundred years, the main temple building and repository were reconstructed. The tmple returned to its original state of prosperity.

At present, the temple is a leading Zazen Dojo in the Kanto area. It is also well-known for its Daruma Fair on January 15. Fumonji is also popularly recognized as the temple with a statue of the 11-faced Kannon (goddess of mercy).

Behind the temple one can see the Fumonji archeological site from which both Jomon and Yayoi Period artifacts have been excavated.


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