@Mercy and compassion (Jihi in Japanese) is very important concept in Buddhism. Ancient Buddhist people expressed the saints of maximum mercy and compassion as a figure with many hands. The saint is called eBoddhisattva Avalokitesvara Sahasrabhujaf in India or eSenju Kannon Bosatsuf in Japan.
His name means a thousand-armed saint watching the voice of world to rescue. He is one of the most popular Buddhist saints in China, Korea and Japan.

It was in 735 A.D. that a copy of the essential text of this saint was officially brought to Japan by the return of the 10th Japanese envoy to Sui dynasty of China. The text was called eSenju Kannon darani kyof. Japanese people understood everything about the thousand-armed saint, such as the reason why he has thousand hands, what tools he has, and which tool they should pray to, depending on their wishes.

The construction of Dojoji had been started in 701 and people were about to install some holly statues there.
When they learned the brand-new text of the thousand-armed saint, they decided to make a statue of him. This statue is still standing in the main building of Dojoji, and estimated as the first or second oldest existing statue of Thousand-armed Kannon in Japan.

The old and big sculptures, including 3 national treasures, 13 important cultural assets, 5 prefectural assets are installed in Hobutsuden Museum. It is open everyday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Senju kannon bosatsu
National treasure
9c. Height 3.2m

Nikko bosatsu
National treasure
9c. H 2.52m

Gakko bosatsu
National treasure
9c. H 2.42m

Eleven-faced Kannon
Important Cultural Asset
10c. H1.32m

Shichimen Bishamonten
Important Cultural Asset
9c. H1.86m

Important Cultural Asset
10c. H2.46m

Tobatsu Bishamonten
Important Cultural Asset
10-11c. H2.35m

Shaka nyorai
Prefectural Asset
12-14c. H2.26m

Important Cultural Asset
10c. H1.86m

Exhibited for free everyday except bud weather, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Goko shii Amida nyorai
18c. H1.2m

Senju Kannon bosatsu
Important Cultural Asset
8c.  Height 2.4m


The main building
Important Cultural Asset
Built in 1357 and reformed in 1991


The Museum.
Built in1978.


Nio mon
The gate.
Prefectural Cultural Asset


Sanju no tou
The tower,
Prefectural Cultural Asset