This "temple of breasts", the only one of its kind in Japan, was founded in 1492 in the Muromachi period. Although it was once located on Mt. Komaki, it is said that the temple was moved to its current location at Ryuon-ji Temple, a Jodo-shu (Pure Land school) Buddhist temple, on the orders of Oda Nobunaga. Mama Kannon Temple's chief object of worship is a statue of Senju Kannon (Kannon, a Buddhist deity of compassion and salvation, portrayed with a thousand arms) created by Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi. It is said that she answers prayers related to nursing, and visitors come bearing many different wishes, including wishes related to safe childbirth, raising children, and other worries that many women may face, as well as wishes for good luck. At the temple, you will come upon many breasts decorating things around the temple, from wooden prayer plaques, to incense, to the ablution pavilion at the entrance. This spot will leave visitors with a warm feeling in their heart after visiting the temple.
||Main Mama Kannon Temple, loved by men and women, young and old, from Japan and abroad
Right You can purchase wooden prayer plaques at the temple or bring your own
||Mama-honmachi 152, Komaki City, Aichi
||+81-568-73-6173 (Japanese only)
||7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Prayers and services: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
||Open every day
||Temple grounds are free to enter
||Take the Nagoya Municipal Subway Higashiyama Line from "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 5 minutes and alight at "Sakae Station". Take the Meitetsu Bus bound for Tokaidai Higashi for approx. 26 minutes, alight at "Mama Chichi Kannon-mae", and walk for approx. 10 minutes.
||Komaki City Tourism Association