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The Chichibu 34 Kannon Sanctuary (秩父三十四箇所, Chichibu Sanjūyon-kasho) is a group of Japanese Buddhist temples linked on a pilgrimage route.

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The Chichibu PilgrimageEdit

Chichibu City in the province of Saitama is the centre of a virtually self-contained valley, a mountain-ringed basin about 80 km north-west of Tokyo.

The Chichibu pilgrimage dates back to the early 13th century. It originally consisted of 33 temples dedicated to Kannon but by 1536 a 34th temple was added to the list with the consequence that the Saigoku, Bandō and Chichibu pilgrimages together form a 100-temple Kannon pilgrimage. Visitors in numbers have been making the journey here since the Muromachi Period (1336–1573), covering the 100 kilometres it takes to reach all the temples. About two-thirds of the temples are located in urban areas; the rest are in more rural settings. Unlike the temples on the Saigoku or Bandō routes, the Chichibu temples are relatively small and understated; many of them resemble neighbourhood temples. Admission to all 34 temples is free. It is said that about half of the 34 temples do not have resident priests and are maintained by caretakers who live nearby.

The following list contains the temples of the Chichibu list.

TemplesEdit

No. Temple Honzon (main image) Location Coordinates Image
1 Shimabu-ji
(四萬部寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°01′38″N 139°07′14″E / 36.027278°N 139.120694°E / 36.027278; 139.120694 (Shimabu-ji)  
2 Shimpuku-ji
(真福寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′52″N 139°07′52″E / 36.0145°N 139.131222°E / 36.0145; 139.131222 (Shimpuku-ji)  
3 Jōsen-ji
(常泉寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′43″N 139°06′24″E / 36.011944°N 139.106611°E / 36.011944; 139.106611 (Jōsen-ji)  
4 Kinshō-ji
(金昌寺)
Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′24″N 139°06′49″E / 36.006556°N 139.1135°E / 36.006556; 139.1135 (Kinshō-ji)  
5 Goka-dō
(語歌堂)
Juntei Kannon (Cundi) Yokoze, Saitama 35°59′56″N 139°06′22″E / 35.998806°N 139.106°E / 35.998806; 139.106 (Goka-dō)  
6 Boku'un-ji
(卜雲寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Yokoze, Saitama 35°59′01″N 139°06′51″E / 35.983694°N 139.11425°E / 35.983694; 139.11425 (Boku'un-ji)  
7 Hōchō-ji
(法長寺)
Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Yokoze, Saitama 35°59′02″N 139°06′28″E / 35.983833°N 139.107889°E / 35.983833; 139.107889 (Hōchō-ji)  
8 Saizen-ji
(西善寺)
Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Yokoze, Saitama 35°58′23″N 139°06′31″E / 35.973056°N 139.108694°E / 35.973056; 139.108694 (Saizen-ji)  
9 Akechi-ji
(明智寺)
Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Yokoze, Saitama 35°59′03″N 139°06′10″E / 35.984083°N 139.102806°E / 35.984083; 139.102806 (Akechi-ji)  
10 Daiji-ji
(大慈寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Yokoze, Saitama 35°59′50″N 139°05′45″E / 35.997167°N 139.095722°E / 35.997167; 139.095722 (Daiji-ji)  
11 Jōraku-ji
(常楽寺)
Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°59′36″N 139°05′27″E / 35.993361°N 139.090778°E / 35.993361; 139.090778 (Jōraku-ji)  
12 Nosaka-ji
(野坂寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°59′00″N 139°05′08″E / 35.983417°N 139.085556°E / 35.983417; 139.085556 (Nosaka-ji)  
13 Jigen-ji
(慈眼寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°59′33″N 139°04′58″E / 35.992389°N 139.082722°E / 35.992389; 139.082722 (Jigen-ji)  
14 Imamiya-bō
(今宮坊)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°59′42″N 139°04′43″E / 35.995083°N 139.078639°E / 35.995083; 139.078639 (Imamiya-bō)  
15 Shōrin-ji
(少林寺)
Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°59′43″N 139°05′07″E / 35.995222°N 139.08525°E / 35.995222; 139.08525 (Shōrin-ji)  
16 Saikō-ji
(西光寺)
Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′02″N 139°04′39″E / 36.000583°N 139.077472°E / 36.000583; 139.077472 (Saikō-ji)  
17 Jōrin-ji
(定林寺)
Jūichimen Kannon
(Ekādaśamukha)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′21″N 139°05′03″E / 36.005722°N 139.08425°E / 36.005722; 139.08425 (Jōrin-ji)  
18 Gōdo-ji
(神門寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′36″N 139°05′33″E / 36.009972°N 139.092389°E / 36.009972; 139.092389 (Gōdo-ji)  
19 Ryūseki-ji
(龍石寺)
Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°01′03″N 139°05′21″E / 36.0175°N 139.089167°E / 36.0175; 139.089167 (Ryūseki-ji)  
20 Iwanoue-dō
(岩之上堂)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°01′03″N 139°05′04″E / 36.017444°N 139.084472°E / 36.017444; 139.084472 (Iwanoue-dō)  
21 Kannon-ji
(観音寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′57″N 139°04′41″E / 36.015944°N 139.077917°E / 36.015944; 139.077917 (Kannon-ji)  
22 Dōji-dō
(童子堂)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′26″N 139°04′23″E / 36.00725°N 139.073167°E / 36.00725; 139.073167 (Dōji-dō)  
23 Ongaku-ji
(音楽寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°00′22″N 139°03′43″E / 36.006028°N 139.062083°E / 36.006028; 139.062083 (Ongaku-ji)  
24 Hōsen-ji
(法泉寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°59′15″N 139°03′39″E / 35.9875°N 139.060972°E / 35.9875; 139.060972 (Hōsen-ji)  
25 Kyūshō-ji
(久昌寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°58′18″N 139°02′56″E / 35.971583°N 139.048778°E / 35.971583; 139.048778 (Kyūshō-ji)  
26 En'yū-ji
(圓融寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°58′21″N 139°04′23″E / 35.972472°N 139.073°E / 35.972472; 139.073 (En'yū-ji)  
27 Daien-ji
(大渕寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°58′04″N 139°04′01″E / 35.967694°N 139.066833°E / 35.967694; 139.066833 (Daien-ji)  
28 Hashidate-dō
(橋立堂)
Batō Kannon
(Hayagrīva)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°57′38″N 139°03′40″E / 35.9605°N 139.061028°E / 35.9605; 139.061028 (Hashidate-dō)  
29 Chōsen-in
(長泉院)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°57′37″N 139°03′00″E / 35.960333°N 139.05°E / 35.960333; 139.05 (Chōsen-in)  
30 Hōun-ji
(法雲寺)
Nyoirin Kannon
(Cintāmani-cakra)
Chichibu, Saitama 35°57′05″N 138°59′29″E / 35.951278°N 138.991417°E / 35.951278; 138.991417 (Hōun-ji)  
31 Kannon-in
(観音院)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Ogano, Saitama 36°02′28″N 138°57′14″E / 36.041056°N 138.953861°E / 36.041056; 138.953861 (Kannon-in)  
32 Hōshō-ji
(法性寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Ogano, Saitama 35°59′48″N 139°00′47″E / 35.996639°N 139.012944°E / 35.996639; 139.012944 (Hōshō-ji)  
33 Kikusui-ji
(菊水寺)
Shō Kannon
(Aryavalokitesvara)
Chichibu, Saitama 36°01′51″N 139°02′32″E / 36.030889°N 139.042278°E / 36.030889; 139.042278 (Kikusui-ji)  
34 Suisen-ji
(水潜寺)
Senju Kannon
(Sahasra-bhuja)
Minano, Saitama 36°04′55″N 139°03′14″E / 36.081833°N 139.053778°E / 36.081833; 139.053778 (Suisen-ji)  

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