The Kaizenkōji Temple is a famous temple that was built by the feudal lord, Takeda Shingen.
With the death of Takeda Shingen during the battle that took place at Nagoya’s Zenkōji in the region of Kawanakajima, many of the worship statues and deities, such as the Amitābha idol, as well as other spiritual treasures were moved to Kōfu – even after Takeda Shingen’s demise, these objects received protection from the Tokugawa Ieyasu family.
The main shrine and the temple gate was then chosen as one of the country’s important cultural treasure and object of interest.
The shrine that was built by using a wooden ball hammer (or called the ‘Shumoku’) is about 38m x 23m wide with a tallness of over 26m, making it one of the largest wooden shrines in Eastern Japan. On the ceiling of the shrine, two dragons are painted, that if one would clap their hands together the sound would reverberate so loudly that one may mistake it as the dragon’s roar. This phenomenon is called as “The Dragon’s Cry”.
Additionally, a pitch-black dark room where one can only rely on the walls to get through it, called the “Okaidan-meguri”, is available for visitors to challenge.
This article is reprinted from JAPAN TIMELINE