About Jyourakuji Temple

- A temple where you can see doragon clouds shining in the evening sun - 

Nansekisan Jyourakuji is a temple with a long history that dates back to the Kamakura period in 1234.
Until the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), it was the only temple of the Tendai sect in the Chichibu area. However, the 18th monk of Jigenji Temple, Kodo, began to manage the temple as an external sub-temple of Jigenji Temple, and it later became a Soto Zen temple.
Therefore, Ganzan Daishi, the father of the restoration period of the Tendai sect, is enshrined in the temple. Even after becoming a member of the Soto sect, the temple is still crowded with people seeking the Daruma dolls on the third day of the New Year.

About Jigenji Temple

Jourakuji Temple enshrines Fugen Bosatsu (Samantabhadra Bodhisattva). Fugen Bosatsu is known as the “Bodhisattva of Practice and Vows,” symbolizing the perfect practice of actions and aspirations.
Many people from all over Japan visit to pray for the eradication of painful memories and sins from their past.

Please come and visit Jyourakuji Temple once.

The History of Jyourakuji Temple

Chichibu Fudasho was built in 1234.

At that time, a Fudasho served as a place where pilgrims would nail wooden plaques with various prayers and wishes to the temple hall as proof of their pilgrimage.

The history of Jyourakuji began as a small shrine enshrining Jyuichimen Kanzeon Bosatsu (Eleven-faced Kanzeon Bodhisattva) as the principal object of worship, and later officially became Jyourakuji Temple.

Edo period

During the Edo period, as the common people’s lives became more affluent, pilgrimage, which had previously been practiced only by a few monks, became a trend. The Chichibu Fudasho gained popularity, particularly because it was relatively close to Edo (present-day Tokyo), attracting a large number of people and becoming bustling with activity.

The temple faced a devastating fire in 1878 known as the “Chichibu Great Fire,” which consumed approximately 40,000 square meters of Chichibu town, including the temple.

Chichibu Great Fire

The Chichibu Fire was so devastating that the temple, including the Niomon gate, was destroyed by fire, and Jorakuji Temple was closed down.

The items that have survived from before the fire are limited to statues such as the Jyuichimen Kanzeon Bosatsu and fortune-drawing boxes.

As the 11th temple of the “Chichibu 34 Temples”, which is counted among the “Japan 100 Kannon” together with the Saigoku 33 Temples and the Bando 33 Temples, Jyourakuji Temple is beloved by many visitors.

Business Hours and How to Visit

Open all year round. Please come anytime. Close to the station and free parking.

Access Information

“Chichibu Fudasho No. 11 Jorakuji Temple”

By Train
  • For Chichibu Railway
      15 minutes walk from Ohanabatake Station, approximately 1km
  • For Seibu Railway
      15 minutes walk from Seibu Chichibu Station, approximately 1km
By Car

Kanetsu Expressway Hanazono I.C ~ Route 140 ~ About 40 minutes using the Minano Yorii Bypass toll road



A goshuin is a “record of your relationship with Jyourakuji Temple” that is stamped as a “proof of worship” that you have visited a shrine or temple. The goshuin stamps of Jyourakuji Temple have many fans with various designs.
Many people buy it as a souvenir of their visit.
Additionally, you can purchase prayer plaques and Omamori (amulets) carved with dragons, as well as candies made from Megusurinoki, which are effective in preventing eye diseases.

Reception Time / 8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from November to February)

Prayer / Memorial Service

Prayer/Memorial Service

At Jyourakuji Temple, anyone can receive prayers if they make a reservation.
From 10:00 on the third Saturday of every month, we hold an event for Zen meditation and prayer, which anyone can participate in.
Every January 3rd “Ganzandaishi”, April 20th “Hoonkou (memorial services for the founder of the sect)”, and prayers at the monthly festival on the third Saturday of every month are streamed live on YouTube for free.

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