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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Torinji Temple Ishigaki


Located a little west of Ishigaki Port on Yui Road (Route 79) is Torinji Temple, which according to the official tourist pamphlet was the first Buddhist temple built on the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa.

Torinji Temple Ishigaki, Okinawa

Torinji, which belongs to the Zen sect, was built in 1614 and now sits right next door to Gongendo Shrine which was also constructed at the same time.

Torinji's main attractions are two 18th century wooden statues of Deva kings (nio) which are now considered the guardians of Ishigaki.

Torinji Temple Ishigaki Okinawa

Torinji Temple is within walking distance of the public market, Miyara Dounchi House & Gardens and the Yaeyama Museum.

Torinji Temple
285 Ishigaki
Okinawa Prefecture
Tel: 0980 82 2142

Torinji Temple Ishigaki Okinawa

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