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Daruma/Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple


UpdateMarch 29, 2018
ReleaseMarch 29, 2018

Takasaki also has the largest production of papier-mache daruma (Japanese dolls modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism), usually colored vivid red and in a cute round shape. Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple is the origin of these good luck daruma. The Daruma-ichi (daruma market) is held on January 6 and 7 every year, and the more than 100 stalls selling daruma attract many people. It is about 20 minutes by bus from Takasaki Station to the temple. Daruma can be purchased throughout the year at Daimon-ya across the Usui River from the temple. This shop is popular because you can draw the eyes and/or a mustache on a daruma to make an original face. If you are at Takasaki Station, try the popular Daruma Bento ekiben (box lunches sold at stations).
Take a bus from JR Takasaki Sta. to Shorinzan-iriguchi bus stop.
296, Hanadakamachi, Takasaki city, Gunma