Japan Heritage Aizu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage

Aizu's buddhist culture - the earliest to blossom in the Tohoku Region

The "Buddhist city" of Aizu is where Buddhism first flourished in the Tohoku region. 

A high priest named Tokuitsu established temples, such as Enichiji Temple and the Five Yakushi Temples of Aizu, many of which still operate today. 

The Aizu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, which is said to have been started by Hoshina Masayuki, the founder of the Aizu domain, became widespread as a means for socializing and seeking pleasure for the people within the domain. 

In 2016, the "Aizu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage: Aizu historical culture experienced through pilgrimage" was recognized as a cultural asset by the Japanese government and consists of locations scattered across 17 cities, towns, and villages in the Aizu region, and includes various elements that remind us of the richness and sophistication of Buddhist culture.  

Visit the 33 Kannons and various cultural properties that convey the experiences and knowledge of the people of the past and immerse yourself in the depths of Aizu's Buddhist heritage.

■Aizu Heritage Cards

 Aizu Heritage Cards, in relation to the Aizu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, are distributed. 

There are a total of 17 types of cards for each city and town, and they introduce representative cultural assets of each area. 

Visit the various temples and post towns of each area, collect the cards, and enjoy sightseeing in Aizu by learning about the beliefs and culture of the people of the time. 

Please refer to the following website for detailed information on distribution locations. 

https://gokujo-aizu.com/17736

General Information

Address
福島県会津地方
Opening Times
Depends on the facility
Closures
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Official Website
Japan Heritage Aizu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage

Contact

Contact
Executive Office of the Gokujo-no-Aizu Project Council (Aizuwakamatsu City Tourism Division)
Telephone Number
0242-39-1251
Fax Number
0242-39-1433
E-mail address
gokujou-aizu@tw.city.aizuwakamatsu.fukushima.jp

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