Some of Aizu 33-Kannon tour in Kitakata, and Enichiji-Temple Site, Aug. 26, 2016 (喜多方市の勝観音、熊倉観音、竹屋観音巡り、そして磐梯町の慧日寺 2016年8月26日)

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The photo above is of Sugure Kannondo Hall in Kitakata City. This was built in 1558, which was late Muromachi Period, and belongs to Shofukuji Temple. It is the 6th Kannon of Aizu 33-Kannon tour, which has been designated as a Japan Heritage this year. The kannondo Hall building is designated as a National Important Cultural Asset.

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On the way back from Kitakata City to Koriyama, I decided to visit three of the Aizu 33-Kannondo located along the return route. First, I had a Kitakata Ramen breakfast at Bannai Ramen Restaurant, which is open from 7:00a.m. shown above. This shop features salt seasoned pork bone soup.

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The first visit on the way was Sugure Kannondo as I mentioned earlier. The second visit was Kumakura Kannondo Hall of Komyoji Temple as shown above. This stands in the old Kumakura-Juku village along the old Yonezawa Highway. This is the 7th Kannon out of Aizu 33-Kannon tour.

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The third visit was Takeya Kannondo Hall of Kannonji Temple as shown above. This is the 8th Kannon of Aizu 33-Kannon tour. The hall building was built in 1716 and the Kannon-sama inside is the only Nyoirin-type Kannon among the 33-Kannon.

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Here is a further description about the hall as shown above.

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All of the three Kannondos are located in Kitakata City. I also got unique red stamps of each Kannondo as shown above.

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Then I moved toward Bandai Town and visited Enichiji Temple Site. The site was first built about 1200 years ago by a famous Buddhist Priest Tokuitsu from the ancient capital Nara. He moved from Nara to Aizu region in the early 800's and first built Shojoji Temple and Enzoji Temple, and finally established this site as a center of Aizu Buddhism. He was buried in this site, where a memorial building called Tokuitsu-byo stands today as shown above.

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Here is a brief description about Tokuitsu-byo and his stone tomb as shown above.

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And the last photo is of a restored Kondo building of Enichiji Temple Site. This Kondo, which means a golden hall, is considered to be the center of this temple site, and has been restored carefully according to old pictures and technologies of that age.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Up:3%, gained elevation: 554m, Distance: 76.3km)
下の地図で、ルートの距離や標高を見ることができます。(上り3%、獲得標高554m、走行距離 76.3km)

Amazing sunflower slope on Sannokura, Kitakata, Aug. 25, 2016 (喜多方 三ノ倉 の ひまわり 満開 2016年8月25日)

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Photo above is a view of an amazing sunflower field on Sannokura mountainside at Kitakata City. Today, the sunflowers were at their full bloom in the last one of their fields. The last chance may last for a few more days.

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Before heading to the site, I had a Kitakata Ramen breakfast at a ramen restaurant "Makoto Shokudo" as shown above. This shop was a popular one near Kitakata City Hall and it was clouded with people from 7:30a.m..

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The sunflower site is about 17km north from the city center of Kitakata. There is a fine cycling road up to Atsushio District as shown above, and then about 5km hill climb will take you to the site.

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On the way to Sannokura slope, I stopped at Jigenji Temple in Atsushio District. The temple has an old Kannondo hall called Atsushio Kannondo as shown above.. It was built in 1788, and it is the fifth of Aizu 33 Kannons' tour. A description board (second picture) explains the history.

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There was a sitting statue of Iwako Uryu, whom I introduced in my last blog page (Aug. 24, 2016), within the precinct of Jigenji Temple as shown above. This is because her mother was from this district and Iwako herself lived here for some years.

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I got the temple's unique red stamp called "Goshuin" as shown in the picture.

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Finally, I headed to the sunflower field on Sannokura slope. Here are some other photos taken today of the spectacular sunflower view as shown above.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Up:5.4%, gained elevation: 767m, Distance: 37.8km)
下の地図で、ルートの距離や標高を見ることができます。(上り5.4%、獲得標高767m、走行距離 37.8km)

Torioi Kannon at Nishiaizu Town, July 24, 2016 (西会津町の鳥追観音 2016年7月24日)

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On my way home from Nozawa, I stopped at Torioi Kannon which is located on a hill of Nozawa district, 2.6km from JR Nozawa Station. Torioi Kannon is one of three extra members of Aizu 33-Kannon pilgrimage tour, which is designated as Japan Heritage. It is also one of three Aizu Korori-Kannon series together with Tachiki Kannon and Nakata Kannon, where if one visits all three Kannon Temples then he or she can live in good health until sudden death comes. Torioi Kannon belongs to Nyohoji Temple. I also got Goshuin stamp on my Aizu 33-Kannon stamp book today. The real wooden Kannon statue is unveiled during special days and weeks in a year.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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