The History of Johgi-Nyorai


About 800 years ago there was the civil war between Genji and Heike (Taira).


Shortly before the warCa holy Amida-Nyorai painting was given by China to Lord Shigemori Taira. At his death in 1179 A.D., Lord Shigemori left the holy painting in the care of Sadayoshi TairaCa member of his tribe.


In 1180 A.D., defeated by Genji at the battle of DannouraCthe tribe of Taira fled in all directionsDSadayoshi Taira settled in this place, naming himself Johgi and built a small shrine in which to keep the holy painting.


Since then, the holy painting of Amida-Nyorai has been called Johgi-Nyorai. Many people attracted by the painting's miraculous virtues continually visit to see it.



Johgi-Nyorai is believed to give good luck to those who pray for their families' happiness, such as happy weddingsCease of@childbirth and success in business.


May good luck follow those who visit here.





The Five-Storied Pagoda


This five-storied pagoda is a spiritual shrine built for Sadayoshi Taira (Johgi) and as a Buddhist symbol for the eternal peace of mankind.


This pagoda was built using neither nails nor bolts and is so skillfully built that the wood easily withstands the natural threats of earthquakes and typhoons.

The same aged trees on the same slope of the same mountain were used to build the pagoda.

A delicate balance was also considered in making full use of the nature and the merit of each piece of wood.

That is why the five-storied pagoda, with the genius of nature, has kept its own beauty for hundreds of years.



There are 32 wooden five-storied pagodas in Japan of which the Johgi-Nyorai pagoda is one. It uses Aomori-Hiba wood (a hard wood) up to the roof and has a bronze Sourin (spire) rising from the roof peak.











The principle Buddhist image of the five-storied pagoda is of Amitabha.



























    (1) Main Gat                                                     (10) Kumano Shrine

    (2) Enmei Jizou                                                 (11) Plum Tree (Datefs)

    (3) Bell House                                                   (12) Kwannon-zou

    (4) Sadayoshi Do                                              (13) Five-storied pagoda

    (5) Office                                                          (14) Tamatebako^Exhibition Hall

    (6) Shogun Jizou                                               (15) Tea Room^Yasuragi

    (7) Tyoumeisui (Holy Water)                             (16) & (17) Tea House

    (8) Mound of The Emperor                              (18) Lavatory

    (9) Tombs of Successive Chief Priests             (19) Main Temple








Johgi-Tamatebako Treasure Box

This exhibition hall contains many fantasies. As you go through the automatic door with pictures of the treasure on it, you will find a hall which is divided into five sections : Sky, WindCFireCWater and earth representing the five|storied pagoda.


The two main exhibits in the hall are the trick theatre where you can play and learn the old Johgi Buddha stories while seeing the culture and nature of the area and the 1:10 scale model of the five|storied pagoda with the video of its construction.


Other attractions include exhibits with the music boxes of children's songs and folk songsDAlsoCwhen you open some doors they have tricks with laser beamsD


Please try these exhibits and enjoy the fantasies.



Details of the Five Sections of the Hall

Sky -----         The Five|Storied Pagoda

                       You can see the history of building the five-storied

                       pagoda from a videoCwith explanations of other pagodas includedD

                       The building of the five|storied pagoda was a dream for many years.


Wind -----      The Trick Theatre

                       A guide dressed as Johdo-kun will introduce you to the

                       history of the Saihoji TempleD


Fire -----        Historical Picture Scroll of the Buddha Johgi Nyorai

                       A beautiful picture scroll shows the history of the

                       miracles of the blessed and enlightened Buddha Johgi

                       Amida NyoraiD


Water -----     People and Nature of Miyagi

                       When you open the doors you will find the nature of the Miyagi area

                       and its festivals jumping out in front of you.

                       You will hear people's voices and music boxes playing

                       children's songs and folk songs.


Earth -----      Gokurakuzan Saihoji Temple

                       This door will lead you to the world of Buddha and

                       introduce you to the faces of the people who have

                       assisted with the Saihoji TempleD




Saihoji Temple Exhibition


The Treasure c Articles left by Taira-no-SadayoshiF

œ Wooden saddle

œ Wooden stirrup

œ Iron tea kettle


The Five-Storied Pagoda

1F10 scale model



iTo achieve -"Yasuragi"- Peace of Mindj

While enjoying the five|storied pagodaCWould you like to be refreshed with a delicious cup of Japanese teaH



  Saihoji Temple Exhibition -- dailyiexcept WedDj9F00AM to 3:00PM


Tea Ceremony ---------------- dailyiexcept WedDj10:00AM to 3:00PM


NoteFWhen a national holiday falls on a Wednesday, the

@@@@exhibition will be open and will close the following dayD



Adult---------------- 0 JPY

Children------------ 0 JPY

Tea Ceremony----- 300 JPY



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