Kannon Shrine in a Seaside Cave

2nd century emperor sees dragon-rider Kannon!

When I visited Echizen Beach in mid October, I found a curious cave at the foot of a hill facing the beach. It was called 'Tamagawa Kannon Cave', and there were 33 Kannon statues collected from the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage (33 Buddhist temples in Kansai Region). The cave was actually a tunnel, and 33 statues were lined up on both sides of it. This shrine is said to be founded by Emperor Chuai, the 14th emperor of Japan, around the 2nd century. It enshrines the deity of sea. The legend is that when Emperor Chuai was passing by this cave, the sky suddenly became dark and the storm raged over the sea. Then Kannon, who was riding on the back of the dragon, materialized from the sea and miraculously quelled the storm. How interesting!

Echizen Beach Series 1. Echizen Beach in Early Autumn 2. Ebisu Shrine on Echizen Beach 3. Kannon Shrine in a Seaside Cave 4. Kocho Gate & Guano Rock 5. Daffodil Shrine at Echizen Beach 6. Echizen Cape Observation Deck

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