Hanno : Leaves changing color at temple “Noninji”

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Hanno is not only an entrance of mountains but also a temple town

I stopped at Noninji temple near Hanno Station when I returned from Mt.warabi(Saitama-ken).

Sign of Noninji and Tenranzan  (Hanno)

蕨山に行ったとき、帰りに飯能駅ちかくの能仁寺にも寄りました。能仁寺は紅葉がきれいだと聞いていたので。

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Noninji is a temple – Soto school of Zen Buddhism.
Because I heard Noninji is a good spot for seeing Autumn Colour.
I took a bus to Hanno station from Nago bus stop.

I got off at Foot of Mt.Tenran bus stop.
“Tenran” means of Emperor.
Then I walked about from 5 to 10 minutes

Noninji is standing the front of the Mt.Tenran.
I didn’t have enoght time to go Mt.Tenran,so I visited to Noninji only.
Admission to the grounds is free; there is a charge 300 yen only for visiting the main temple and garden.

This temple is dedicated to Vairocana-Buddha.
The main gate of a Buddhist temple.

Across the street, Noninji temple (Hanno)

通りから山門が見えます。

Sanmon gate, Noninji temple (Hanno)

りっぱです(`・ω・´)

It’s very good.

阿形金剛力士像
Wooden statues of Kongo-rikishi:style agyo (open-mouthed)

Agyo, Noninji temple (Hanno)

吽形金剛力士像
Wooden statues of Kongo-rikishi:ungyo (closed-mouthed)

Ungyo, Noninji temple (Hanno)

I intended to enter the main temple and seeing a Chisen (ponds and springs)
walk-through Japanese Garden , but temple site is wide, so there weren’t enogh time to see them.

The approach to the temple

Approach 1, Noninji temple (Hanno)

参道は紅葉がきれいです。

Approach 2, Noninji temple (Hanno)

蕨山より紅葉してる(ノ∀`)

Parking lot

Parking lot have maple leaves, Noninji temple (Hanno)

駐車場のほうも紅葉してました。

From outside, Noninji temple (Hanno)

Site, Noninji temple (Hanno)

“corona”

Corona, Noninji temple (Hanno)

「紅炎魂・コロナ」・・・なんでこんなところに・・・( ´゚д゚`)エー

Why is it in such a place?

Temple hall commemorating its founding or its founder (開門堂)

Worship hall, Noninji temple (Hanno)

開山堂

A bell tower

Bell tower, Noninji temple (Hanno)

Break house, Noninji temple (Hanno)

Over the time limit
I walked to the Hanno Station about 20 minutes.
I saw it on my way to the station.

Here is temple Kannonji temple
There is a white elephant in a bell tower.

Elephant under the bell tower in Kannonji temple (Hanno)

帰り道見つけた観音寺。鐘楼の中にゾウが。見れば見るほどこのゾウ、気持ち悪いんですが。ミイラみたい・・・。

At first, I felt it’s cute, but the more I look the more, I feel bad. It looks like mummy.
I heard the there was a bell in the bell tower.
But it was taken away as material for weapons when Hanno War occured
Then the elephant was put instead of the bell.

But why? why elephant?

About Noninji temple (能仁寺)

Address / 1329 Hanno, Hanno-shi, Saitama
Station / Hanno station (Seibu Ikebukuro line)
Admission fee / 300 yen
Website / http://noninji.com/index.html

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