Amabiki Kannon – What is Amabiki Kannon Rakuhodo-ji Temple?
Rakuhodo-ji Temple is a temple of the Toyozan School of Shingon Buddhism located in Motoki, Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The temple is named after Mt. Amebikiyama, and its principal deity is Kannon Bosatsu. It is the 24th temple of the Bando Sanjusan Kannon and the 6th temple of the Higashikuni Hana no Tera Hyakkadera Ibaraki, and is also called Amabiki Kannon.
The main hall, Niomon Gate, and many other structures are designated as cultural assets of Ibaraki Prefecture.
The temple is famous for its hydrangea festival held from June 10 to July 20, which attracts many tourists from inside and outside of the prefecture, making it a major hydrangea spot.
How to get there
City buses leave from Iwase Station on the JR Mito Line, and on weekends and holidays, it takes about 20 minutes to get to the Amabiki Kannon stop. From the bus stop, Amabiki Kannon is just around the corner!
On the other hand, if you go there on weekdays, you have to get off at the Oosone stop, which is 40 minutes away, and walk for about 40 minutes.
If you take a cab, it will take about 10 minutes (6km) to get there! On weekdays, it might be better to take a cab.
Get off at the Sakuragawa-Chikusei IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway, and if the road is not crowded, it takes about 20 minutes to get there!
The parking lot is with the bus stop and is located right next to the entrance to Amabiki Kannon.
The parking lot is quite large. In addition to the nearest parking lot, there is another parking lot a little further down the street that is also quite large. They say it has a capacity for 500 cars.
The temple itself is magnificent and has a great atmosphere, and the harmony with the hydrangeas was wonderful. There are many Instagram-worthy spots, such as a pond filled with hydrangeas that you can’t find anywhere else, and lots of cute ducks and birds! thanks for reading!