Katsuoji Temple (勝尾寺) was formerly written as “勝王寺” (meaning “temple that surpasses any kings”) because it was said that Buddhist prayers exceeded the Imperial power of the time. Later, since “王” (king) was replaced with “尾” (a kanji character with the same sound as “王”) to show constraint, the temple has been referred to as Katsuoji Temple “勝尾寺.” Supreme rulers in various periods in history had worshipped in Katsuoji Temple to pray for fortune in war and it is still known as a the temple of good luck at games.
It was a surprise that I have never found this place and thanks to a friend’s event I ended up here after several hours of hiking.
What’s amazing is the dolla of sizes found all over the temple.
It’s a little out of the way but definitely worth a visit.
Let’s take a tour 🙂
Let’s get inside.
The dolls waiting for you at the gate.
A small temple in the middle of a small pond.
It’s all over the place.
Even on this branch.
On top of this signboard.
This stone sign.
And of course in front of this shrine.
It comes in every size.
Unfortunately though, I was really tired after several hours of hiking that when I found these area where all the dolls are, I decided not to go all the way to the top. It seems you can actually buy the Daruma dolls on the temple on the top of the mountain. Prices vary depending on the size.