Shakuzou-Ji Temple(Togenukijizo)(石像寺/釘抜地蔵)

The temple that stand in a corner facing Senbon- Dori is “Shakuzo-JI Temple (Kuginukijizo)”

①Landscape of Togenukijizo


③The correct way of worshiping since ancent times at TogenukiJizo

How to get to Togenukijizo

When you take a train, you need to transfer to the bus. And there are few transfer buses. So I recommend taking a bus that you can arrive nearby Kuginukijizo.

When going to Togenukijizo by train

JR Kyoto station ➡JR Nijyoeki-mae station➡ 【Transfer】Kyoto city bus(No.46)➡Senbon Kamidachiuri Bus stop➡About 2minutes on foot.

Total about 20 minuets / Cost 420yen (Child:210 yen)

No.46 : Kamigamo -jinja Shrine

When going to Togenukijizo by bus

①JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:A3) ➡ Senbon Imadegawa bus stop➡ about 5minuets on foot.

・No.6: Bukkyo Univ .(Kyoto City bus)

Total about 35 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

There aren’t many bus on this root.

②JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:B2) ➡ Senbon Imadegawa bus stop➡ about 5minuets on foot.

・No.50: Ritsumeikan University .(Kyoto City bus)

Total about 40 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)

③JR Kyoto Station(Bus stop:D2) ➡Senbon Kamidachiuri  bus stop➡ about 2minuets on foot.

・No.206: Gion Via Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto City bus)

Total about 35 minuets / Cost 230yen (Child:120 yen)


Things of the glamour of Togenukijizo

①Landscape of Togenukijizo

There is Kuginukijinja on the east side where we went up a little to the north at the intersection of Senbon Imadegawa. Kukai build the temple. The formal name is “Karyuzankoumyouhennjyouinn-shakusoji”. Few people called this temple with its official name.But why is it called “Kuginukijizo”?. Actually, a Jizomosatsu in Kuginukijizo has powerful benefit and becouse of its unusual characteristics,the popular name has become famous.

You might think the temple is large temple, but when you visit the gate is narrow (About two adults lined up with open arms). If you are careless, you will pass. The red lantern is a landmark!! Don’t miss it.

After through the second gate, you will see a object of pincer. The pincer shape is not a nail puller, it is old style like a pliers for pulling off teeth.



In Muromachi age(around 1336〜1573year), a merchant suffered from pain in both hands and performed various treatments to cure the pain. But the pain doesn’t go away, so he visited Jizo at Shakuzo-Ji temple that was reputed to get rid of suffering for 7 days. The night of the seventh day, a Jizo appeared in his dream and this Jizo said “this pain comes from course of time you nailed a straw doll with curse in a previous life”. After that the Jizo removed the nail of the grudge that was stuck his hand then the Jizo showed two nails. When he woke up the pain in both hands had subsided, so the wondered merchant rushed to the Shakuzo-Ji temple. Then there were two nails with blood in front of the Jizo statue. The nails that Jizo pulled out in a dream. Merchants thnaked Jizo and thankful for 100days.  From that time on, people started to call it “Kuginuki-Jinja Temple”.

People who wish to heal their body and heart pain are constantly visiting. The person who healed the suffering offer an Ema with a Hassun-Kugi(nail)and a pincer.  There are about 1000 Ema on the front of the main hall. It means that how the effect of Jizo is powerful.

③The correct way of worshiping since ancent times at TogenukiJizo


How to pray?

Take a bamboo stick called a counting stick in front of the main hall to a number of old boys and go around the hall thinking of your wishes.  When turning, you need to pray your hands twice against Jizo who is dedicate to the front, and the object pincer part on the back of the temple. Return one stick to the box every lap, and the worship is over when all are finished. If your wish come true, visit the temple again and dedicate Ema as a thank you.

Kuginukijizo’s entrance fee

Entrance fee


Entrance time




“Togenukijizo” removes not only physical pain but also heart pain. Actually, the resident of the temple has a qualification as psychological counselor. I do not know if you can speak Japanese, but it’s temple that seems to be well in mind and body.


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