The temple is situated in Niibo-Ono in Sado City in Niigata Prefecture. “清水寺”, which is read “Seisui-ji”, has a wooden stage (“Guzeden”) which imitates that of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. In the temple grounds, the Niomon (gate of the two Diva kings), Sanmon (Mountain gate), Kannon-do (Kannon hall), Main Hall and Head Priest’s quarters are set against the elegant backdrop of trees which transform dramatically through the seasons.
A History of Seisui-Ji
The 50th Emperor Kanmu deeply revered the Honzon Senju Kannon Bodhisattva statue, the Principal Object of Worship of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and lamented that people in the distant area of Sado could not easily visit Kyoto to worship it. So, in 805, he ordered a priest named Ken-O to travel to Sado. On visiting Sado, the priest came across something gleaming in a river. He searched for the river’s source, reached this mountain and spent the night at the roots of pine tree. On waking the following morning, miraculously, a bright and brilliant child-like being appeared to the priest and said, “I bring good tidings! In future days, earthly creatures may doubt the existence of Buddha. However, this is a sacred place where Buddha shall appear! If a structure is built here and a statue erected, the prayers of those who offer worship will be answered." When the priest told Emperor Kanmu of what had happened, the Emperor rejoiced. In the year 808, he ordered this temple to be constructed on the eastern side of the mountain, where these events took place. (Excerpt from 1903 Temple Journal written by the 17th Priest Maruyama)
The name of the temple
Principal Object of Worship