Kuginuki Jizo is said to have been erected in the late Heian year of 819 by Kukai Kobo Daishi. The legend goes that he brought back a Tang Dynasty stone, in which he carved the bodhisattva Ksitigarbha who is said to relieve suffering, and the stone was originally called the Kunuki Jizo. In later years, there was a merchant who suffered from a hand disease, and he came to pray at the stone. In his dreams that night, the Jizo appeared and removed two metal nails from his hand and miraculously healed him. From this legend the Jizo came to be known as the "Nail-pulling Jizo/Kuginuki Jizo", and the current building it is housed in was rebuilt in the Edo Period (1603-1868).
The numerous votive pictures
At present, many people who are suffering in their hearts or bodies from disease come to visit the shrine to worship in hope of healing. It is traditional for those who do recover to dedicate a votive picture of two pulled nails as well as two nails, and the on the walls of the main hall are about 1000 of these pictures. The entrance is small because there aren't many local tourist destinations nearby, but the locals are very faithful to this place.
Bus: On each city bus line it's a 3 minute walk from the Senbon Kamidachiuri Bus Stop.
Image Gallery: Kuginuki Jizo (Shakuzo-ji Temple)
Description: Kuginuki Jizo (Shakuzo-ji Temple)
|Sights||Kuginuki Jizo (Shakuzo-ji Temple) (釘抜地蔵(石像寺))|
503, Hanakuruma-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-414-2233|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Kuginuki Jizo (Shakuzo-ji Temple)