Myogen-in Temple | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Nagoya Station 

[Myogen-in Temple]

A Tendai Buddhist temple that was also the first ophthalmology clinic in Japan

Seigan Sozu, a monk-doctor who lived in the Muromachi period, was a pioneer of Japanese ophthalmology. He provided eye care at Gotaisan Anyoji Temple (which later became Myogen-in Temple), and founded the Majima school of ophthalmology. The temple grounds were once filled with buildings where patients' eyes were treated, and tradition holds that famous individuals such as Maruyama Okyo and Kobori Enshu were among the patients who were treated here. However, when Japan's first medical law, which prohibited medical care by monk doctors, came into effect in 1874, Myogen-in discontinued all eye treatment and care. Today, you can see invaluable cultural properties that are thought to have been built in the Muromachi period or earlier, such as a pair of Nio guardian statues standing at the entrance and the Dainichi Hall with its peaceful appearance.
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The two red lattice boxes that contain the Nio statues guide your way
Upper left: The Agyo statue is said to have been made in the Heian or Kamakura period, Upper right: The Ungyo statue is said to have been made around the same time as the Agyo statue, Bottom: Kept in the wooden hall is a statue of a seated Dainichi Nyorai
Address Kitawari 114, Majima, Oharu Town, Ama County, Aichi
Phone +81-52-441-0075 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays Open every day
Admission fee Free
Access From "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen, walk to the "Meitetsu Bus Center" and take the bus bound for Tsushima Station for approx. 27 minutes. Alight at "Oharu Yakuba-mae" and walk for approx. 3 minutes.

updated on Mar 25, 2019

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