Mt. Yogai Choudai-ji Temple
During the Sengoku period, Mt. Yogai became a battleground between the Amago and Mori clans. Traces of the secret tale of the rise and fall of the Amago clan and the scars of battle still remain and remind us of the history of that time. At the entrance to Mt. Yogai sits Chodaiji, an ancient Tendai Buddhist temple said to have been opened by Gyoki Batsu during the Nara Period.
Chodaiji was given the title “Fukujisan”and was famous as Izumo’s 20th pilgrimage site (a temple that issued amulets). Its principal object of worship is wooden Thousand-armed Kannon state, an important cultural property that was carved by Gyoki, who bowed three times for every cut.
It is said that this temple was built on the orders of Emperor Shomu. The cloister surrounding the hip-and-gable roofed main shrine is decorated with offerings new and old, including “ema”(votive picture) and photo graphs.
To the right of the main temple is the Gomado(hall for during cedar sticks), to the left is Amidado(main worship hall), and behind it is a shrine dedicated to the local Shinto god, known as the “Kannon of Longevity”.
25 minutes by car from Yasugi IC