A short drive south east of Gero Onsen in Gifu prefecture, north of Nagoya city on National Highway 257 is Jizo Temple (aka Ganfujidera) a Buddhist temple whose main image is of Jizo.
Prayers to the Jizo images are said to help sufferers of internal illnesses including cancer (cancer in Japanese is gan, hence the alternative name of the temple Ganfujidera).
The temple grounds are full of scores of statues of Jizo, both large and small, many of them capped with a red bonnet.
The pleasant temple grounds of Jizoji abound with images of Jizo (the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha) and the temple also attracts supplicants who seek an easy delivery and help with conceiving a child.
Jijoji (in Japanese)
Gifu-ken, Gero-shi, Miyaji 939
Tel: 0576 26 2611
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