The fifth temple on the 33 Kannon site pilgrimage, Shofuku-ji Temple (Iizumi Kannon) is the first place in the Kanto region to host a daruma statue fair. Countless shops selling daruma statues line the temple grounds. Many families come to buy a statue as a wish for prosperity in business or household safety.
Iiizumi Kannon fair if Dharma
［Date］Held annually on December 17 and 18
［Place］Generally held on February 3rd
〈Directions〉From Odawara Station, take a bus bound for Shinmatsuda or Shimosoga Station and disembark at Iizumibashi; 10 minutes’ walk from there
［Admission fees］Free (fees apply for daruma statues and food/drink)
［TEL］0465-33-1521(Odawara City Hall, Economy and Tourism Section)
Outline of the event
Iizumiyama Katsufukuji Temple
The temple was founded in the Tenpyo era, the principal image is the Eleven-faced Kanzeon Bosatsu, and there is a large tree over 1000 years old in the precincts. Various temples, Buddhist statues, bronze bells, bronze water bowls, Buddhist paintings, etc. designated as important cultural properties of the prefecture and city still exist. Until the early Meiji era, it had six towers (small temples) as a mountainous area, and about thirty merchant houses including six inns (shukubo) lined up in front of the gate, prospering as a gate town. Even now, the name of the shop at that time is still valid in this village.