The Kanakura district, located in the eastern part of Wajima City, features beautiful landscapes of sloped rice fields surrounded by mountains. It has been selected as one of the 100 best Japanese villages and one of the 500 most beautiful walking areas of Japan. In the olden days, Kanakura flourished as a district with five temples (Konzo-ji Temple, Kyogan-ji Temple, Shogan-ji Temple, Shoraku-ji Temple and Entoku-ji Temple). The temples and houses were burned down by Governor Hatakeyama of Noto Province during the Muromachi period. Local residents worked hard to restore the temples and village. The custom of Kanakura Mantôe was started in 2002 to give thanks for the efforts of the ancestors, and to revitalize the district. On August 16, the entire district, including the five temples, is lit by the soft light of 30,000 candles, and many tourists come to admire the scene.
Wajima City Tangible Cultural Asset: Colored silk Nirvana drawing (Konzo-ji Temple) (July 1969), Colored silk drawing of 13 Buddha images (Konzo-ji Temple) (July 1969), Colored silk drawing of standing Acala (Konzo-ji Temple) (July 1969), Colored silk portrait of sitting Priest Kukai (Konzo-ji Temple) (July 1969), Wooden image of sitting Acala (Konzo-ji Temple) (Sep. 1963), Wooden image of standing Acala (Konzo-ji Temple) (Sep. 1963), Wooden dragon decoration on main-hall gable (Kyogan-ji Temple) (July 1974)
Wajima City Monument: Old trees at Konzo-ji Temple (Dec. 1984), Old trees at Kyogan-ji Temple (Dec. 1984)