Charms of Minamiboso (32) Mano-ji Temple

(32) 真野寺

Mano-ji Temple in Minamiboso-city was founded about 1300 years ago, and houses a unique mask-wearing Goddess of Mercy, not found anywhere else in Japan. But the temple is more well known for Daikoku-sama, the deity who is associated with wealth and prosperity. At the Daikokuten Festival, held annually on February 6, the Buddhist sermon starts at midnight, and the precinct becomes busy with visitors, who also enjoy the food stalls that line the approach to the temple.