Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple
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Not just an ordinary temple! Antique fair, turtles, car blessings and rilakkuma omamori
Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple is a branch of the Naritasan Shinsoji Buddhist Temple of Narita, Chiba. It has a very interesting, but complex history with many layers of detail. It is often overlooked by tourists as it is not as big or as advertised as neighbouring Kitain Temple, but people in the antiques world or with an interest in the protective deity Fudo Myoo are more familiar with its charms.
There are various points of interest in the temple grounds such as the area to worship one of the seven lucky Gods of Kawagoe, or the turtle pond near the North Gate where you will also find a statue dedicated to the protector of lost babies and behind dozens of tiny jizo. They temple carries out some interesting ceremonies too, such as one to protect your car. You drive your car up to the designated spot and the sermon is carried out. The temple is known as a good place to pray for good eyesight due to the history of the founder who had his eyesight restored. It is also known for the ceremonies it carries out for miscarried or aborted babies. However, the temple is probably most famous for the antique fair it hosts every month on the 28th of the month. Also, it is currently attracting some attention for its Rilakkuma omamori, a type of amulet cum talisman.
The temple is free to enter and they have free parking for about 20 cars. You can't use this parking when there is a big event on. You can take the Tobu Koedo Loop Bus from Tobu Tojo and JR lines Kawagoe station and alight at Naritasan Mae bus stop 「成田山前バス停」.