At the time of its original establishment, Kotoku-in Temple stood in what today is the Hanzomon district of Tokyo. It was relocated once in the latter half of the 16th and again in the 17th century and was moved to its present location in 1910. Its treasure, a one-meter wooden statue of the Thousand-arm Kannon, is known as the Kosodate (Child-rearing) Kannon. Sugawara no Michizane (845–903), who was Minister of the Right at the time, is said to have carved it as a figure for memorial and worship purposes when he was demoted and sent to Fukuoka Prefecture.
Attractions and Events
The main attraction of this temple is its five-level wooden pagoda with thatched roofs. Completed in 1995, it is valued as one of the few five-story pagodas in Tokyo. The gingko trees in the temple compound turn a beautiful color in the autumn. Visitors are welcome to enjoy both them and the pagoda.