It is said that a hermit by the name of Abou lived here for about 40 years until his sudden and mysterious disappearance. This temple is very beautiful and sprawling. It is located 1,300 feet above sea level and a bit of a hike to get to. On the path leading to the temple there are many statues of Kannon.
Every temple has within it a “honzon”, an image of the buddha or bodhisattva, and this becomes the focal point of worship inside. The “honzon” are typically not available to be seen by usual visitors. In Senyuuji, the “honzon” was carved by a particularly devote girl who, after each cut or carving into the object, would prostrate herself on the ground. So, this temple is also called “Osarei”, which means to “carve while being prostrate”.