Location: Kawai,Muraoka-ku,Kami-cho,Mikata-gun,Hyogo-ken,Japan 667-1366
Phone: 0796-95-1270
Denomination: Koyasan Singon Buddhism
Chief Dicty/Honzon: Yakushi-nyorai(Medicine Buddha) Bhaisajya-guru in Sanskrit
Legend: The Chorakuji Temple was founded by Gyoki(668-749 A.D.) in the 7th century.He carved the Honzon Yakushi in wood and named here the Temple "Yakushiji". Later Kobo-Daishi Kukai, the founder of Japanese Buddhism, came here to consecrate the temple in early of the 9th century. In 1541, the temple's building and shrines were ruined and lost by floods and mud slides. In 1543, restored and changed its name to the present "Chorakuji". In 1671 and 1912 many shrines, halls, and buildings were burned down and lost by fires. In 1919 , most of the temple's building structures such as shrines, halls, and living quarters in precinct(Keidai) were restored and rebuilt under the direction of two distinguished priests, Rev. Bokusho Kanayama and Rev. Chito Kawai, and the indefatigable efforts of local temple members. In 1986, Mr. & Mrs. Kiyoshi Tada, pious Buddhists and owner of the Sogo Taxi Co.LTD., pledged the donation to the Temple by Installing three golden Buddhas, a tower, tower, and shrines in memory of their passed family. Their son, Mr. Seiichi Tada took over his parents's will and mission of dedicating the deities, shrines, and temple buildings, and concluded his mission and project in 1993 after spending three Years and seven months, consuming 22,500,000,000 yen (twenty-five billion U.S.dollars) In spring of 1994, the historical dedication ceremony of the Three Golden Buddhas(Amitabha, Sakyamuni, and Bhaisajya-guru)was Performed here at the Temple.
Remarks: The newly dedicated buildings or shrines are: Daimon(Gate), Kairo (Corridor), Daibutsu-den(Grand Shrine), Goju-no-toh(a Five Storied Tower), Benten-do Shrine, a belfry, and Yakushi Shrine.

@DAIMON (Big Gate)
A newly dodicated gate of the Temple designed in the traditional style of "Iri-moya-thukuri" was constrcted with the finest technology of modern day architectures. The newly designed 'Daimon' consists of copper bricks roof and folded wooden structures called 'tokyo' of Japanese cypress(hinoki). The traditional gate, Daimon, leads us to an entrance of the main shrine through a corridor where the three golden Buddhas are enshrined.

AKAIRO (Corridor)
A gate way to a main shrine or grand shrine is called 'Kairo' in Japanese.The newly built corridor is made of Taiwan cypress tree and keyaki(zelkova). Each huge pillar protect visitors from stormy weather and proceed to Daibutsu-den directly.

It is the main building of the Temple and called "Daibutsu-den" in Japanese. This is the place where the three major Buddhas are enshrined. They are the tallest wooden Buddhas in the world measuring approximately fifty-one feet in height. The Grand Shrine measures 21,660 square feet and 132 feet tall. It is a replica of the grand shrine of Todaiji Temple in Nara expressing the elegant beauty of ancient Buddhist art in the 8th century of Japan. Inside the building, there are a thousand Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ensheined and displayed against the walls. The Three Golden Buddhas, which are the main features of this temple, are placed at a main altar of the Shrine with the lotus petal scats. They are known as Amitabha (Amida) at left, Sakayamuni (Shaka) at center, and Bhaisajya-guru (Yakushi)at right.

at left measures fifty-one and four inches tall and is termed 'Amida-nyorai' in the Buddhist art referring to Amitabha Tathagta in the Sanskrit term. The Amida Buddha has shown us symbolically the way of salvation with the light of great love and compassion through the mudra of meditation (Jo-in).

scated in the center, which is the tallest one of Three Buddhas, moasures fifty-three feet and two inches in height, has shown us the way of onlightenment-libration from transgression in rebirth-through the mudra of no-fear (Semui). THe Buddha is referred to as the founder of Buddhism in India and is often referred to as 'Enlightened One'

seating at right measures fifty-one feet and four inches tall and is called populalarly 'Medicine Buddha' for dispersing the illness or sickness of people.This deity is named "Bhaisajya-guru" in Sanskrit term which means literally the master of medicine.The Buddha holds a medicine pot in his left hand and shows the mudra of delivering an absence of fear (Semui). He surely does dispense healing medicines to cure illnesses.

These gorgeous and huge golden Buddhas are made of wood packed with gold and roferred to as "Tajima-Daibutu"(the Big Buddhas of Tajima County) by local people. This historicical work and project was mainly done in Beijin,China by Chinese sculptors and artists consuming more than three years. According to the records of the project, one million three hundred twenty thousand (1,320,000) gold picces were used for painting and coating the statues. Approximately fifty-five thousand (55,000) people worked for it in mainland of China. The total cost of the project for the Chorakuji Temple is estimated to as twenty-five billion U.S.dollars. The Shrines and Golden Buddhas were installed in 1993 and dedicated here in spring of 1994 in honor of the donor Mr.& Mrs.Kiyoshi Tada and the Sogo Rcaltor Co.LTD.

A two hundred thiry-one feet tall pagoda is located at the south of the Grand Shrine (Daibutsu den). It is the sccond highest five story tower in Japan. There are fifty-one deities and Buddhas enshrined in the Tower including Amida, Sakyamuni, and Yakushi Buddhas at the highest floor (5th story) of the pagoda. These artistic statucs are made of gold, wood, marble, and limcstone, and displayed at each floor of the Tower. Don't miss the panoramic view of the beautiful Tajima mountains, Yata Creek, a belfry, and overgreen trees surrounding the Temple. From each floor of the Tower the visitors can see a splended exotic scenery of Japanese nature and can be fascinated with the nature and religion of an unknown country in Far East.

DBENTEN-DO (Shrine of the Guardian Sarasvati)
A heaventy deity and guardian for business growth is called "Benten" in Japanese and refers to the Hindu deity Sarasvati. The Shrine of Benten is located inside the pond of temple yerd. The female face deity extremely loves water and likcs to play the music with an oricntal guitar. She is especially worshipped here by farmers and restaurant owners in purpose of the fertilty.
Yakushi-do, enshrining the traditional Honzon Medicine Buddha (Yakushi) carved by Gyogi in the 8th century, is located in north side of the Temple. The Buddha'Yakushi' has been preserved here without domages through the ages, and is considered to be the secret Buddha(hibusu), whici is not shown to the public except once every seven years. The Deity Yakushi loves to dispense healing medicines and disperse the illnesses of people.
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