Yakuo-in Temple

Mt. Takao’s power spot, which has a history of 1200 years

Yakuo-in is located on the hillside of Mt. Takao.
It is a historical site opened in 744, more than 1200 years ago by the high monk Gyoki who received the order to do so by Emperor Shomu.
The official name is “Takaosan Yakuoin Yuki-ji”, and is one of the three head temples of the Shingon-shu Chisan-ha Sect along with Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple.

The figurehead deity of Yakuo-in is the incarnation of Fudo Myo, Izuna Daigongen .
Since Tengu are regarded as members of the Izuna Daigongen family, Mt. Takao has long been said to be a mountain inhabited by Tengu, and there are many statues and motifs Tengu around the precinct.
Monks here practice Shugendo (a form of mountain asceticism).
For its various attractions, Yakuo-in is gaining popularity as a spiritual power spot.


Around Shitenno-mon Gate (Entrance gate)

As you enter through the gate of the precinct, you will find objects and statues with various charms, as well as shops.
You can also take a break on a bench and try some local specialties, such as rice dumplings!

Around the main hall

If you go up the stairs and go through the orange Nio-mon Gate, you will find the main hall in Yakuo-in.
In the main hall, events such as Goma training and Setsubun are held.
In the vicinity of the main hall, there are also halls that enshrine gods with various benefits.

From Izuna Gongen-do Hall to Okunoin Fudo-do Hall

If you climb the long stairs on the left of the main hall, you will see the torii (tall archway), and Izuna Gongen-do Hall there.
There are many other figures around Izuna Gongen-do Hall, including Fukutoku Inari and the Tengu.

Yakuo-in has various symbols of worship, such as Izuna Daigongen, Tengu, and Yakushi Nyorai.
In Japan, until the Meiji Restoration (where Shinto and Buddhism were separated from the service of the Emperor), it was common to mix the two religions, especially in more rural areas.
Therefore, there are torii gates surrounding Yakuo-in even though it is a temple.

Go up the stairs from the head office to the summit, and you will see Okunoin Fudo-do Hall and Sengen Shrine.
Trail 1 passes through Yakuo-in from Shitenno-mon Gate to Okunoin Fudo-do Hall and continues to the summit. (Originally, Trail 1 was the path to worship at Yakuo-in Temple)

Yakuo-in events

In January, the Goma rites are held in February during Setsubun, in March Fire Festival, and in April and October, Spring / Autumn Festival, Events are held throughout the year.
In autumn, the trees on the precincts turn red and the precinct quickly becomes crowded with tourists for autumn leaves.

Related facilities of Yakuo-in

There are many facilities related to Yakuo-in in Mt. Takao.
There are two water dojos near the waterfalls and are open to the general public.
The Trail 1 includes Jyoshin-mon gate, Otoko-zaka and Onna-zaka, Busshari Relics Stupa. Additionally, the “Rokkon-Shojo” Stone Wheel and Buddha statues reside within the precinct, and you can feel that Mt. Takao is a mountain of faith.
At the base lies Kito-den Hall where you can receive prayers for traffic safety.
The parking in front of the Kito-den Hall is large and open to the general public.

Yakuo-in is a spiritual power spot that has many attractions and various benefits.
Please come to feel and enjoy the spirit of ancient folk religion in rural Japan.


Address: 2177 Takao-cho, Hachioji City
TEL: 042-661-1115 (Reception hours: 9: 00-16: 00)
FAX: 042-664-1199

Gogo training time
Early morning duty: 5:30 (4 / 15-10 / 31) 6:00 (11 / 1-4 / 14)
am 9:30 11:00
pm 12:30 2:00 3:30

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