Information board

I found the sign for Okakae-Jizo!

While walking down the street of Takehara city, I found the information for the stone image of Okakae-Jizo. It says, “Why not hold Jizo, so that your dream will come true?” I was curious what it would be like to hold it, so I decided to take a look. After going up a steep slope, there was a small red Jizo! It seemed as if the stone image is the Okakae-Jizo.

Making a wish

I hold Jizo and pray for safe travel!

Until coming here, I didn’t understand what “Okakae” means. This Okakae-Jizo is believed to fulfill your wishes if the Jizo feels lighter than you expect while holding it. This Jizo is indeed small enough to embrace. I had made a wish for safe travel and good weather during my trip. I felt that the Jizo was lighter than I expected. I was blessed with good weather during my trip. It’s good to recite the Jizo’s mantra, “On-kakaka-bisamaei-sowaka”, three times.


Let’s go and see the Jizo!

Why not embrace Jizo and make a wish? When visiting, be sure to get good directions, because the corner, which you need to pass on the way, is hard to find. I found this out later on, but the main object of the Jizo is in Chosoji Temple, which is also in the same district. Please visit the main temple too.


3 Honcho Takehara city,Hiroshima Prefecture

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I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.


Address 3 Honcho Takehara city,Hiroshima Prefecture
Access 15 min walk from JR Kure line Takehara station.