About 20 minutes from Yamagata City by car.
Jion-ji temple is in Sagae City, which is known as a cherry-growing place. It is said that a Brahman in obedience to an imperial command of the Emperor Temnu opened the temple in 746.
In the Edo era, it was granted a stipend of 2,912 “koku” and florished as a grand Buddhist temple in Tohoku region. Its cultural asset of statues, paintings and alter fittings for Buddhism created in the period from Heian through Muromachi affiliated with the noble society in Kyoto is considered to be a match for that of Hiraizumi Chuson-ji-Temple.
In conjunction with the pre-destination promotion 2013 in the prefecture, invaluable statues at Jion-ji
It is a rare opportunity to view images of Buddha that are not usually available.
You should come visit the temple.
■ Date: April 28 to July 15, 2013
■ Venue: Honzan Jion-ji Temple
■ Admission Fees: ¥500 per person for a group of 15 or more / 700 per person
Seated Statues of Yakushi Nyorai [Healing Buddha] (Heian period: nationally-designated important cultural property) , not open to the public
Seated Statue of Dainichi Nyorai [Mahavairocana] (Kamakura period: municipally-designated tangible cultural property), not open to the public
Standing Statue of Kannon Bosatsu (Kamakura period: municipally-designated tangible cultural property), hidden from the public
Standing Statue of Seishi Bosatsu [Vajrapani] (Kamakura period: municipally-designated tangible cultural property), hidden from the public
■ Note: Due to the Jion-ji temple festival, exhibits are not available for viewing on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5.
For more details about Jion-ji temple, please refer to this site.