In 894, a fisherman and his blind mother were living near the Sea of
One day, a fisherman raised a golden Yakushi-nyorai Buddha statue from the sea.
After that, various miracles occured around him. And he received a prophecy of the Yakushi-nyorai in a dream.
In accordance with the prophecy, he tried to jump down from a high
Of course, village people restrained him, also his mother came there to hear the news.
But he had jumped down, at last.
The next thing he knew he was on a large stone without injury,
And his mother came to him. Surprisingly, the eyesight of his mother was recovered.
Therefore, he built a temple for the Yakushi-nyorai statue here. It was the current Ichibata-Yakushi.
Since that, this temple has been known as the temple curing eyes.
The temple is on the top of Mount Ichibata about 200 meters high.
To this temple, about 1,300 stone steps are set up from the foot of the mountain.
But the cars and buses come near the temple using a climbing road.
In the temple ground, there are many buildings such as Hondo (main tample), Kannondo.
Near the main temple, Hachiman-shisen-butsudo temple. In the temple,
there are vast number of Buddha statues.
"Hachiman-shisen" means "84,000". Buddha says that everyone has 108 kinds of 84,000 earthly desires.