Western AreaHigashimatsuyama City
Iwadono Kannon Shoboji
Known as Iwadono Kannon, Shōbōji’s official name is Iwadonosan Shōbōji.
At the Bando 33 spot pilgrimage’s 10th Holy Place, people have prayed from ancient times, which lead to the achievement of a constant stream of people.
During the age of civil wars, when the forces of Takeda took on Matsuyama Castle, it is said that the honjin (an officially appointed hotel with accommodations for a daimyo and his procession) was established.
When you pass the row of houses that hid what used to be a constant stream of people, the Niōmon gate comes into view. If you climb up the stone steps you can see the city’s oldest bell tower and a temple built by wood dedicated to Kannon as well as a large Ginkgo tree.
※ Seasonal Information: The yellowing of the leaves of the large ginkgo tree estimated to be over 700 years-old is best in early December.
Temples and Shrines
- Tourist spot name
- Iwadono Kannon Shoboji
- Higashimatsuyama Iwadono 1229
- Home page
Business hours / Fee
- Public transport
- Take the bus headed for Hatoyama New Town from the west exit of Tobu Tojō Line’s Takasaka Station and get off at Daito Bunka Daigaku and walk for 10 minutes
- 20 minutes in the direction of Kawagoe・Kawajima from the Higashi Matsuyama Interchange of the Kan-Etsu Expressway
Available for Large Buses