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Matsuo Kannon-ji Temple
Matsuo Kannon-ji Temple
Matsuo Kannon-ji Temple was opened in the Nara period (710-794) by the monk Gyoki and is said to be the oldest of the Kannon-ji temples, sites which ward off disaster. Legend says that the main hall once caught flame, and naga dragon gods emerged from the two ponds behind the hall and protected the temple. The area has also gained attention as a spiritual zone for the recent talk of the image of dragons emerging from the floorboards of the main worship hall.

Matsuo Kannon-ji Temple offers popular talismans based on the dragon legend, and they are held to ward off disaster. Another popular item is the wooden ema plaques, which feature the Chinese character for "bond". Not only do these plaques purport to aid the person, but they have a very cute appearance in their own right. You can select from among five with different benefits. We recommend writing a prayer on one of these ema when you visit Matsuo Kannon-ji Temple and leaving it behind as an act of devotion.
Address 156-6 Matsuoyama, Kusube-cho, Ise-shi, Mie-ken, 516-0014
Directions Public Transportation
Take the Sanko bus from Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station to Matsuo Kannon. The temple is approximately a five-minute walk from the bus stop.

By car
Take the Ise Interchange towards the Shigaichi Homen Exit (past city limits) and turn left at the second stop light (Matsuo Kannon-ji Mae).
Hours of operation Open all day
Telephone 0596-22-2722
Website Official site
Closed Open all year round
Fees Free
All information posted here are as of January 14, 2016.
Please be aware that current information may differ from contents posted.

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