Five hundred arhats

Tono City

Southern Iwate

In the 5th year of the Horeki era, in addition to the flood, there were over 60,000 people who died of starvation and disease in the entire domain due to a major crop failure that was considered one of the four major famines in the southern domain, and the following year, as a result of this, 2,500 people died of starvation in Tono territory alone. It is said that the number of harvests has increased, and poor harvests and bad harvests have continued since then. In the 3rd year of Tenmei, the 19th head priest of Daiji Temple, Gizan, carved 500 large and small natural stone statues of Arhats to repose the souls of those who died of starvation due to repeated poor harvests.

〒028-0531 Ayaori-cho, Tono City, Iwate Prefecture
Contact name: Tono City Tourism Association

Phone number: 0198-62-1333

FAX number: 0198-62-4244

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