Asahisan Fudoji Temple, Fukui

A temple in the sun at the foot of Mt. Asuwa

By Takako Sakamoto    - 2 min read

Asahisan Fudoji Temple is located at the foot of the Mt. Asuwa in the center of Fukui city. One of the hiking trails of the mountain starts from here. The first thing you see upon arrival would be the tall statue of the Goddess of Mercy for children standing with the bare rocks of the Mt. Asuwa at her back. These rocks are called 'Shakudani Stone', a unique green-blue stone which can be only mined in Fukui prefecture. The temple's history dates back to 1711, when people were suffering from natural disasters. To prevent disasters they built the temple with Fudomyoo (Acala), since it was believed that placing Fudomyoo in the sun would stop disasters from happening. The temple was deserted and nobody was to be seen. The only living thing I met there was the cat on the stone lantern standing in front of the alter. He glared at me with a serious face...a true guardian of the temple I suppose. More photos of the temple can be seen here.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.