Familiarly known as Komyo-in, officially the temple is called Jiun-zan Ogidera Komyo-in and belongs the Buzan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. It is situated in the middle of Ogikubo on a rising to the north of the central part of the Zenpuku-ji River, which flows through Tokyo. The Main Hall houses both a statue of the Thousand-arm Kannon—the main image—and another of the Wisdom King Fudomyoo. Ogikubo’s primary ancient temple, Komyo-in also includes a belfry and a hall of Emma Daio housing a statue of Emma Daio, or Yama, king and judge of the afterlife.
Attractions and Events
The Ogi lane in the Komyo-in Temple grounds is named for the plant ogi, or Amur silvergrass, which gives its name to the surrounding district, Ogikubo. Visitors can enjoy numerous other seasonal plants in the compound, which has become a favorite strolling and jogging place for local citizens. The numerous individually operated, distinctively Japanese restaurants in the vicinity of the JR Ogikubo Station provide a variety of different kinds of food.