Tono Kappa-Buchi Jokenji Temple with Kappa Legend and Tono / Senshoen Strategy



Introduction of Kappa-Buchi

Kappa-buchi is a legendary place of kappa in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture.
In Japan, there are kappa legends in various places, and the representative one is Tono in Tohoku.
There is a shallow brook flowing behind Joukenji in Dobuchi.
It is correctly called Kobasegawa of Kogarasegawa, but it is commonly called “Kappabuchi".
In the old days, many kappas were settled, and in the ethnologist Kunio Yanagida’s “ Tono Monogatari, " a mischievous kappa who tried to pull in a horse that came to the brook to drink water also appeared. Is.

Kappabuchi Sightseeing

Walk through the peaceful Tono area from the parking lot, and first head for Jokenji.
It seems that beer hops are grown in the fields.


Jokenji is a temple of the Soto sect that opened in April 1490 with Hidemon Tamon.
Perhaps there was also the asylum of Hiromu Asonuma, the landlord of Mutsu and Yokota Castle .
However, there seems to be a theory that the foundation was older.


There are Kappa Koma dogs on both sides, the only one in the whole country.
Kappa may not have been a dog, but it does indicate that Kappa was there.

During the time when the gate of Jokenji is open, from 8:30 to 16:30, you enter the precincts and pass through the left side of the main hall to get to Kappa-buchi.
After hours, you can grab the north side (cemetery) of Jokenji and go around to go to Kappabuchi.


Jokenji is adjacent to Kappa-buchi.
There is a tradition that Kappa extinguished the fire when there was a fire at Jokenji, so it is said that he became a guardian deity.
It is said that he helped the temple with the water in his head dish.
The creek with the bridge in the photo below is Kappa-buchi.

Kappa-buchi has clear water, but is surrounded by trees, giving it a unique atmosphere.


But why was there a creature called “Kappa"?
Imagine that Kappa is probably a tramp.

Since ancient times, trampers often live on riversides and riverbanks.
For example, even in the Warring States period, Owari had a group called the Kawanami Shu, who led the people who live in the river.
It is said that the leader is Kosoku Hachisuka.
Tokappa in Tono, even if she did not do so, still thought that there was a danger when the child approached, so she was scared to stay away as “Kappa is present".
Speaking of the appearance of Kappa, I can imagine the baldness of the head, but it’s a very rude story, wasn’t it strange that a person with such a breeze was here?
I did not discriminate, but I have described it as a possibility of handing down, but I apologize for the rude stage deeply.


In the case of Tono, isn’t it surprising that Kappa had settled under the eaves of the main hall at Jokenji? I felt that.

However, it is cold in winter, so I feel it is very difficult to live outdoors.
So, was the kappa causing the fire? And imagine without permission.
Well, Tono probably had an imaginative narrator.
That’s great.

Below is a small shrine dedicated to the Kappa deity on the waterside.


Women with children may wish to have milk.
In addition, it seems that it is customary to make a shape of milk with red cloth and put it in this shrine.
There was also a kappa like a yellow cherry blossom motif.

Here, I noticed.
Like a surveillance camera at Kappa-buchi? Isn’t it installed?

Are surveillance cameras installed locally as evidence of the appearance of kappa? I felt that.
When I checked it later, I heard that it was Tono TV’s camera, and live video was distributed between programs.

By the way, if you want to capture Kappa at Kappa-buchi, you need a Kappa Capture Permit.
If you encounter a kappa, you will need a Kappa Capture Permit sold at shops such as Denshoen Gardens and Tono Furusato Village .


“Kappa fishing" is possible if you bring fresh vegetables such as cucumber.
A fishing rod for rent is also installed beside the Kappa-buchi, and it can be used freely, but at the end of March when I visited, the shade was still not located, probably because of the snow remaining.
Certainly, the water is cold, and it is unlikely that kappa will come out.

Permits can also be purchased from the Tono Tourism Association mail order site.

However, Kappa in Tono is described as “mischief" even if he does evil, so let’s say that it is easy to get acquainted with, or was it not hated by people? I feel.
The photo below is of a stream running down the Kappa-buchi, just downstream, but flowing through farmland.


His wife commented, “I really liked the atmosphere where the kappa was likely to come out," and the child said, “I knew Kappa was a fallen warrior?"

Tono / Traditional Garden

A 1-minute walk from the Kappabuchi parking lot, there is Denshoen, a collection of old buildings.
The building that becomes the entrance (reception) is also a thatched building.


If the timing is good, such as on weekends, you can also listen to the storytelling folk tale.
If the time is not right, you can also listen to what you are recording.
You can also enjoy local dishes such as Hitsumi and Keiran at the restaurant.
The following southern bend house “Kikuchi family" is the oldest southern bend house built around 1750 and is designated as a national important cultural property.


The Tono oldness and village are large, but the tradition garden is compact, so you can see it in 20 to 30 minutes.
If you make a reservation in advance, you can enjoy a famous Kappa Uncle tour (from 30 minutes).
It is said that you can challenge kappa fishing hard.

Transportation to the Tono Kappa-buchi

The parking lot doubles as Kappa-buchi and Tradition Garden.
The transportation access to Kappa-buchi / Traditional Garden is about 22 minutes from Tono Station by Hayaikemine Bus Tochibuchi Line, and it takes about 5 minutes on foot from Denshoen Bus Stop.

There are no sightseeing parking lots in the vicinity or at the Jokenji Temple.
Free parking will be available at the side of Denshoen, about 5 minutes walk from Kappa-buchi.
There is also a toilet.


To summarize the capture procedure, once you park your car in the parking lot, cross the road and go to Kappa-buchi first.
Enter from the mountain gate of Jokenji Temple, and on the left side of the main hall, there is a “bridge" of Kappa-buchi.
Cross the bridge and follow the river on your right to Kappa buchi.
Restrooms are also available at the parking lot and at Jokenji.
The time required for sightseeing is only 20 minutes, if you only go to Kappa-buchi.
I think it would be a good idea to pay a visit to the lore garden as well.
Lunch can be taken at the tradition garden.

If you have enough time, I would like to see “Tono Hometown Village" and “Tono Monogatari Museum" at Tono Station.
Map of Tono Kappa-Buchi