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Ichibata-Yakushi temple

Ichibata-Yakushi temple Ichibata-Yakushi temple is a Buddhist temple in the mountain to the north of Lake Shinji.
It is located roughly halfway between Matsue city and Izumo-taisha shrine.

In 894, a fisherman and his blind mother were living near the Sea of Japan.
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 waterfall.
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, strangely.
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.

How to get to here

By railroad (Ichibata Densha Line)

  1. From Matsue-Shinjiko-onsen to Ichibataguchi, about 27 minutes.
    From Dentetsu-Izumoshi to Ichibataguchi, about 30 minutes.
    (Matsue-Shijiko-onsen station is located about 1 km southwest of Matsue Castle.)
  2. From Ichibataguchi station, by route bus, about 11 minutes.

Approach to main temple Niomon gate
Main temple of Ichibata-Yakushi
Inside of main temple In Hachiman-shisen-butsudo

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