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The Hanji name of this place is the same as the Chinese Shaolin Temple. The similarity ends there though. It is a small temple complex with many Darumas. The surroundings is pleasant and serene.
If one is to drive, there is a carpark behind the...More
If Takasaki is known as Daruma City, then this shrine is surely the heart of Daruma City.
I especially like the Daruma festival in January where the old dolls are burned and you can buy new ones.
It's cold and crowded, but the night atmosphere...More
Shorinzan Darumaji Temple is a symbol the Big Dipper. You will get own power. And this area are most make a Daruma in Japan. When you visit Shorinzan that can buy Daruma with nothing eyes. You can write only the left eye with your wish....More
Took the train from Takasaki to Gummayamata station on the Yokokowa line (2stops). It was a 20 minute straightforward walk to the temple area. It was a wet cold and drizzly day which I think helped with only a handful of people there. The temple...More
All over Japan you'll find the Daruma dolls, this is where they originated! (I think). It's a very cool temple, and the grounds are very large. You could spend at least 2 hours walking the entire area. The views are great. If you have a...More
When I was visiting this zen temple was booming with the sound of cicadas and glistening wet with the rain drops from the passing typhoon. The buildings are nice (they include a small cottage where a German resident scholar resided for many years), a small...More
"Bodhidharma" was a Indian zen monk of the past.
When Bodhidharma's legend was transmitted to Japan, Japanese imagined the doll that Zen priest meditates. That is "Daruma" doll.
Daruma doll is round and red.