Inaba Yakushi Inaba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)
Deity of keeping people free from cancer
This old temple has been worshipped as the deity for getting rid of cancer since the Heian period (794-1185). It has been chosen as the setting of some famous kyogen play pieces like Inbado and Onigawara. About 1000 years ago, a powerful court officer, Yukihira Tachibana suffered from an illness and received a message from the God while he was in the bed. When he recovered, he decided to establish the temple to take care of ill people. In the 10th century, 8 sub-temples were constructed under the commission of Emperor Ichijo, and then, later, Emperor Takakura gave the new name to the temple as Byodo-ji Temple. Therefore, this temple has a strong connection to the imperial family. The main statue is the Yakushi Nyorai, which is said to have made in the mid to late Heian period by a Buddhist sculptor, Kosho.
|Name||Inaba Yakushi Inaba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)|
|Address||728 Inabado-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Hours||6:00-17:00 *Enter by 30 min. before the closing time.|
|Recommended||Entry: Free of charge in the precinct|
- CENTRAL AREA
Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.