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Name
Myosen-ji Temple Five-story Stone Pagoda
Address
Myosen-ji Temple, Anamizu Town
Category
History
Class
Landmark
Age
~10th century
Designation
・Nationally designated important cultural property: Myosen-ji Temple five-story stone pagoda (May 1974) ・Prefecturally designated tangible cultural properties: Suzu-ware pot with four ears (Enearthed from under the five-story stone pagoda inscribed with the year of 1431 in the precincts of Myosen-ji Temple, aza Myosen-ji, Anamizu Town) (August 1986), Prefecturally designated monument: “Site of a cluster of stone pagodas at Myosen-ji Temple” (December 1983)
Comment
This stone pagoda, which is about 6.8 meters high, is located in the precincts of Myosen-ji, an old temple of Shingon Buddhism founded in 653. It is not known when the pagoda was built, but it is thought to have been built in the late Kamakura period, judging from the details. The lowest tier has a latticed opening at the front. There is a stone statue of Dainichi Nyorai inside. Each tier has a roof whose downside has meticulously carved double rafters. The pagoda was modeled on a wooden five-story pagoda. It is made of calciferous fine-grained sandstone (Maenami-ishi) produced on the nearby Maenami coast. It is thought that masons in Maenami were in charge of carving the stone. In the past, the part above the third tier was dropped. The body part of the fourth and fifth tiers, the cope and the finial were lost. In 1970, the pagoda was taken apart and repaired. The government has designated it as an important cultural property.

Tangible cultural properties designated by Anamizu Town: Color-on-paper image of Myosen-ji Temple (October 1961), Sitting statue of Amida Nyorai (October 1961), Standing statue of Amida Nyorai (October 1961), Standing statue of Jizo Bosatsu (October 1961), Standing statue of thousand-armed Kannon (October 1961), Wooden Oni-ita board (September 1975)
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