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Hirayama Kannonin Temple

Hirayama Kannonin Temple

Pure water continuously springs up, relieving the thirst of many visitors

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Hirayama Kannonin Temple was established in the Edo period, with an eleven-headed Kannon statue as the object of worship. There are two views on the origin of this temple. Some argue that, after a princess of the Kokura Domain, who had been bullied by her stepmother, was abandoned near a waterfall, and bitten to death by a large swarm of mosquitoes, her wet nurse erected a small temple to pray for the repose of her soul. Others maintain that members of the Taira clan defeated in the Battle of Dannoura lived here in hiding, and erected a Kannon hall. In front of the main hall, a spring from among rocks called Ochichimizu (milk water) related to the legends of the Taira clan is still bubbling up.

Address 2358-2 Ikawa, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu City
Access Approx. 30 min. on foot from Nishitetsu bus Hirahara bus stop
Tel 093-481-0999
Website http://www.hirayamakannon.com/ (in Japanese) 
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