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Komaki-City Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji

  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji
  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji
  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji
  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji
  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji
  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji
  • Mama Kannon Temple - Komaki-san Ryuon-ji

Mama Kannon Temple, or Mama Chichi Kannon, is known as the "Breast Temple" and one of the 33 Kannon Shrines of Owari, being built in 1492 with the formal name of Ryuon-Ji. Legend says it was a regular shrine until 1665, when a woman who was unable to breast feed brought her baby and prayed at the temple, miraculously starting to lactate.

Neighbors of the woman appearing in the legend were concerned that the milk she produced lacked in nutrients for her child, given that she was poor and malnourished. They gave her rice in order to help, but as she was a devout person, she offered the rice to the deity at the temple instead of consuming herself. It was then that she started to lactate plenty and richly. From that moment on, rumors spread and women from all places started to come and pray for safe birth giving, abundant lactation, healthy babies, and etc. Of course, some of the ladies would also pray for matters unrelated to maternity, like asking for changing the physical appearance of their bosoms.

On a less amusing note, the temple is the 24th Peregrination Temple (Fudasho) among the Kannon Temples of Owari and was originally built at the Mt. Komaki, allegedly being moved to its current location by orders of Oda Nobunaga. The deity of the temple is Senju Kannon Bosatsu, also known as the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, often depicted in statues with tens of arms to symbolize the infinite hands, and/or multiple faces meaning the eleven faces, both gifts from Amithaba.

The Sanmon gate at Mama Kannon is said to be a structure entirely moved from Kenchuji Temple, the famous Memorial Temple of the Owari Tokugawa Clan, located in the Higashi-Ward of Nagoya-City.

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Location : 〒485-0048
152 Mama-honmachi, Komaki-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Opening
days / hours
: Gates open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Services from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Parking : Available, free of charge (cap. 14 cars)
Phone number : 0568-73-6173

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    Use the subway from Nagoya Station to Sakae Station (Higashiyama Line), then to Heiandori Station (Meijo Line Clockwise Direction), then Kami-Iida Line. Continue aboard the train as it changes to Meitetsu Komaki Line and get off at Komaki Station. From there:
    -Walk 25min westwards (approx. 2km), or;

    At the bus terminal on the east side of Komaki Station take one of the following:
    -Komaki Community Circular Bus (Komaki Junkai Bus こまき巡回バス) (Komaki Station East Side) and get off at Mama-Honmachi (間々本町), then walk 1min westwards, or;
    -Meitetsu Bus (名鉄バス) Iwakura Line 3 (岩倉3線 Iwakura 3 Sen) bound for Iwakura, or;
    -Meitetsu Inter-Cities Express Bus Tokadai Line Bus (都市間高速バス桃花台線 Toshikan Kosoku Basu Tokadai Sen) bound for Motomachi 3 Chome (元町三丁目);
    Then get off at Mama-Chichi-Kannonmae (間々乳観音前) and walk 6min northwards.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 3min (1km) southwards from Komaki I.C. of the Meishin Expressway/Tomei Expressway.

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