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  • Keta Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Jikemachi Cook 1-1
    The Keta Taisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Jike Town, Hakui City. The Shrine, which is dedicated to the worship of the Shinto deity Okuninushi-no-mikoto, is said to have been built around 2,000 years ago. The sacred grove in which the Inner Shrine is situated is known as the “Forbidden Forest,” and has been designated as a National Natural Monument (note that there is no admission to the Forest).

    A lot of shrines have forested areas, but they’re often quite manicured. Keta Shrine was like it was made with the forest in mind. Some parts were downright Ghibli-ish, especially the torii that led...

  • Myoryu-ji Temple
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 1-2-12
    The Myoryu-ji Temple is a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Temple was founded by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain. Its complex defensive architecture, including many features designed to confuse attackers, led to it being nicknamed the “Ninja Temple.” The Temple interior is full of ingenious features such as offertory boxes and steps that hide pitfalls, hidden rooms, etc. What appears from the outside to be a two-storey building actually has four stories, with a total of 23 rooms. Tours can be booked in advance by telephone; it may be possible to book a place for the same day if there are any places vacant on that day’s tour.

    When we made the reservation for the tour (and you can only enter if you are joining the tour), we were informed that only tours in Japanese were conducted and that no translations were allowed, even...

  • Myojo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Takidanimachi Yo -1
    Myojo-ji Temple in Hakui City, Ishikawa Prefecture is the head temple of the Nichiren school of Buddhism in the Hokuriku region; it is the largest temple in Northern Ishikawa (the region that was formerly known as Noto Province). Ten of the buildings within the temple precincts have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties; unusually, three of these buildings—the Soshi-do hall, Hon-do hall and Sanko-do hall—are laid out in a row, a practice which was unique to the Nichiren school; the Myojo-ji Temple is the only temple in Japan where the buildings arranged in this way have retained their original appearance. The Myojo-ji Temple also has the only five-storeyed pagoda in the Hokuriku region; built on top of a small hill, it has become a famous symbol of the Temple.

    If you like Ghibli movie like locations, you will love this temple. The vegetation is amazing, ancient bending trees over overgrown shrines and tombstones. Beautiful period wooden buildings and...

  • Daihonzan Soujiji Soin Temple
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Monzenmachimonzen 1-18-1
    The Daihonzan Soujiji Soin Temple is a temple belonging to the Soto school of Buddhism located in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. This was originally the head temple of the Soto school, but a fire in 1898 caused severe damage to the temple, so the function of head temple was relocated to a temple in Yokohama City, and the temple in Wajima was renamed the Soujiji Soin Temple (“Founder’s Temple”). Today, the buildings within the Temple precincts include the Kyozo (Sutra Repository), Dento-in and Jiun-kaku, which all survived the fire, as well as Shichido-garan (Seven halls) that were rebuilt after the fire; the Temple continues to retain the solemn majesty appropriate to the former head temple of the Soto school.
  • Nata-dera Temple
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    4.5
    186 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Natamachi Yu 122
    This is a temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect located in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is said that it was established by Taicho in 717. The ground of the temple is large and the nature is beautiful like a landscape painting. The temple is known as the enchanted land with unusual rocks and the main shrine is connected to a huge, rocky cave. It is the sacred place of “Iwa-ya Tainai Kuguri” where sins are purified and people are reborn. There are many buildings including the main shrine and the three-storied pagoda which are certified as important cultural assets of the country. It is also known as a famous sightseeing spot of leaves changing color in autumn. There are no railings on the roads or stairs in the premises, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended when visiting the site.

    We were driving from Kanazawa to Kaga and decided to take the opportunity to visit some of the more remote shrines. We had no expectation, yet it turned to be a real surprise! Although it didn’t...

  • Ukimido Pavilion
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Katayamaduonsen Otsu 63 In Yuan's former park
    "An unusual Buddhist temple built on Shibayama Lagoon in the Katayamazu Onsen hot spring village. Connected to the shore by a bridge, the temple is also known by its nickname, the ""Ukiuki Benten"" (""Floating Benten Temple""). Legend has it that when a huge serpent was laying waste to the lakes of Katayamazu, Bhaisajyaguru sent the goddess Benten to suppress it, and in connection with this story, the temple is dedicated to the dragon king and Benten. A large fountain system has been built out on the lack behind the temple; the fountain, along with the bridge and temple, are lit up at night, creating a magical atmosphere."
  • Juzo Shinto Shrine Ubuya
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    2 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi 1-87
    "Once a shelter used to store portable shrines for events, the structure was rebuilt as this Shinto shrine in 2015 due to the deterioration of the old building. An ""ubuya"" is a room in which women give birth. The shrine is derived from an event held in August in which a god and goddess are wed, build an ""ubuya,"" and give birth to a child god. There is a large log pillar in the center of the shrine and inscribed at its base are the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. It is said that your wish will be granted if you stand on your own sign, circle the pillar clockwise, and pray at the altar."

    輪島朝市通りが河原田川に突き当たる所にあります、反対側の突き当りは重蔵神社の本殿です。重蔵神社の出張所なんですか、安産の神様を祀って、絵馬が壁一面に貼ってあります。朝市の散歩がてらよってみるのもいいかも、ただし午前中のみみたいでした。

  • Kourinji Temple
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 1-3-15
    "A Soto Buddhist temple built in 1651 after the chief retainer of Kaga Domain asked the domain's lord to do so. Widely known as a temple which grants wishes, the temple is popularly visited by worshippers from around the country. The way to pray for your wish is unique-wearing a cord tied to a sign with your wish on it around your shoulder, you must circle a path called the ""Road of Happiness"" encircling statues depicting arhats and the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac three times counter-clockwise. Some of the temple's many other highlights include the ""Kofuku Jizo,"" a statue of Kshitigarbha which grants people's prayers for children and healthy child growth; a white statue of the deity Fudo which grands beautiful skin; and a Daruma statue which grants improved luck."

    中に入るとまず説明が聞くことができます。。歴史ある建物のようですが、綺麗に保たれています。庭の紅葉が綺麗でした。

  • Seirinji
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Wakuramachi Les 61
    A Soto Zen Buddhist temple founded in 1892 located in a corner of the Wakura Onsen hot spring district. The Hinden hall, a portion of a temple hall including a space used to accommodate the then-crown prince and later Emperor Taisho which was later moved here, was registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 2017. Made entirely of hinoki cypress, the delicate workmanship of the coffered ceiling in the imperial abode is particularly stunning. The wooded approach to the shrine extending from the back of the grounds has been designated Nagominooka Park, and many beautiful trees and plants such as deep red Noto hiryu azaleas grow on the site. The temple also offers zazen meditation and sutra copying sessions (advance reservation required).
  • Tentokuin Temple
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kodatsuno 4-4-4
    "A Buddhist temple located a 20 minute drive from JR Kanazawa Station. Founded by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of Kaga Domain, in 1623, the temple is also known as the ""Tamahime Temple,"" a name derived from the posthumous Buddhist name of Toshitsune's wife, who died an early death. Each year, the temple exhibits paper hina dolls handmade by Tamahime, holds a festival which celebrates Tamahime and prays for the success of parishioners in this life, and holds a memorial service for Tamahime. In a corner of the main temple, mechanical dolls reenact the story of Tamahime over a 15 minute period several times each day. The temple also shows a video on the dolls."

    We had some free time between soccer games and my wife suggested we go see "another temple". I said ok and we went to see Tentokuin. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a large parking lot...

  • Maeda Clan Cemetery
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nodamachi Inside the Noda Mountains
    "A cemetery where many historical figures rest in peace located in southwest urban Kanazawa City. The cemetery encompasses a vast, 430 square meter tract of land extending from the base to the peak of a 175 meter tall mountain. The cemetery's origins date back to when Maeda Toshihisa, brother of the then-lord of Kaga Domain Maeda Toshiie, was buried at the foot of Mt. Noda. Later, Toshiie and many of his descendants were also buried here. The cemetery is notable for its distinctive appearance resembling an ancient ""hofun"" flat topped burial mound. Unprecedented in size the cemetery has been designated a National Historic Site. In July during the Bon Festival, visitors can view a unique Kanazawa custom in which ""kiriko"" lanterns are hung around the cemetery."
  • Yokoji Temple
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    Ishikawa Hakui-shi Sakaimachi I11
    This temple is in Sakaimachi, HakuiCity. This temple was established in 1312 by the Zen master and founder of the Soto School, KeizanJokin. The temple was commissioned by Emperor Godaigo, and flourished. It was destroyed by fire during the Onin war and rebuilt during the Edo period. On New Year's eve the Yokoji ceremony of sounding the temple bell is performed while kneeling.
  • Buzai-in Temple
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Hakui-shi Shirosemachi Ru 8
    "This zen dojo is said to find its roots in a thatched hut built by the zen monk KeizanJokin over 700 years ago, around the Kamakura period. Later, in 1312, his student Meiho Sotetsu built a hall here, which became Noto's first zen dojo. The hall holds many temple treasures, among them mid-Heian period wooden statues of the standing Shokan Kannon Bodhisattva, the ""horse-necked"" Bato Kannon Bodhisattva, and the 11-Headed Kannon Bodhisattva, all of which are registered National Important Cultural Assets. The KessyoDaihannyakyo sutra, written in the blood of the historical abbot and his students, is registered as a Hakui city cultural asset. The view of Hakui and its natural surroundings from this temple on the side of a mountain is perfect for a moment of soothing contemplation."

    木造の馬頭観音立像は由緒と迫力に圧倒されました。永光寺を開いた人の弟子関連ですね。重要文化財はみな木彫。

  • Jissho-in Temple
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi
    This is a temple in the Kaga Soto Buddhist school, known locally as Shirahagi no Tera. The name comes from the post-death Buddhist name of Maeda Toshiharu, the first lord of the Daishoji Domain. Daisho-ji temple is said to be a place near the border with Echizen where temples were intentionally gathered together. This area has seven temples and one shrine, and is called the Yamanoshita temple area, and Jissho-in Temple is one of those. It is the historical family temple of the lords of the Daishoji Domain, and the mortuary chapel venerating the family's ancestors is a stunning sight. In autumn, the grounds bloom with hagi flowers, bringing in crowds of sightseers and photographers.
  • Zensho-ji Temple
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Daishojishinmeicho 1
    One of the temples in the Yamanoshita temple area, where the lords of the Daishoji Domain intentionally gathered temples and shrines. It was moved here in 1598, when the lord of Daishoji castle, Yamaguchi Munenaka (also known as Genbanokami-Soei). Zensho-ji temple, which is also the family temple of those lords, holds cypress-wood busts of the Buddha in the gyokugan (real eye) style, and a full complement of 517 statues of the Gohyakurakan Buddha statues, and is a Kaga city Registered Cultural Asset. The room restored as a tea-room is a reproduction of a place once used as a stop over by the poets Basho and Sora while on pilgrimage. There are monuments inscribed with haiku from both poets inside the temple grounds.

    大聖寺駅から少し歩いた大聖寺ふれあい公園古九谷の杜の西側にこちらの寺院が有りました。松尾芭蕉ゆかりの寺院として知られ、境内には句碑が有りました。

  • Hosenji Temple
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    12 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Koraimachi 57
    This Buddhist temple is counted as one of Japan’s three greatest Marici (Buddhist goddess of war) temples, alongside the Tokudaiji Temple in Tokyo and the Zenkyoan Temple, a sub-temple of the Kennin-ji Temple, in Kyoto. The temple enshrines a statue of Marici which was used as a protective charm by the samurai general Maeda Toshiie, the first lord of Kaga Domain. Standing at the midpoint of Mt. Mukaiyama in what would be the unlucky “kimon” northeast of Kanazawa Castle, the temple was built by Kaga Domain’s chief vassal Toda Shigemasa on the order of Maeda Toshinaga, the second lord of the domain. The grounds offer a sweeping view of the homes along the Asano River as well as the Higashi Chaya District. The five pine trees standing on the temple grounds served as material for a novel written by Kanazawa-born author Kyoka Izumi. The temple is also famous for its sunsets, and even Japanese literature researcher Donald Keen once praised the scenery visible from the site.

    This is an interesting building in the Geisha district of Kanazawa and has some lovely cherry blossom trees in the grounds. Someone has a good sense of humour to place two "ninjas" in the grounds to...

  • Shogetsuji Temple
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Teramachi 5-5-22
    An ancient Buddhist temple which records state was founded in 1593. Originally built in Echizen (now Fukui Prefecture), the temple was later moved to Kanazawa, then Toyama, and Kodatsunodai, before finally being relocated to its current grounds in 1615. The temple’s huge cherry tree, popularly known as the Ozakura, is a 400-year-old Shogetsu cherry. According to legend, the samurai Maeda Toshitsune, third lord of Kaga Domain, and his friend, the temple’s high priest, received the seedling from Komatsu Castle and planted it here on the grounds. A local landmark, the tree is six meters in circumference at the base and 14 meters tall; jutting out of the temple’s wall, its branches extending over the sidewalk outside. In most years, the tree blooms in mid-April, attracting large numbers of visitors.
  • Fushimi-ji Temple
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    6 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Teramachi 5-5-28
    "This Koyasan Shingon Sect Buddhist temple is located about three kilometers from Kanazawa station. The temple, which venerates an early Heian period statue of the Amitabha Kannon, and is number 14 on the Kanazawa Kannon pilgrimage. This temple is famous for its connection to Imohori Togoro, part of the legend which gave Kanazawa its name. The temple legend states that the honest Togoro received the blessings of the gods and Buddha, and every time he dug potatoes, he discovered gold dust. The legend says that the spring where he washed the potatoes became known as ""Kanazawa,"" gold marsh. There is a sitting statue of the Fudo Myo-oh, made between 810-824, in the Goma-do hall, visible in a glass enclosure."

    北陸エリアを旅行中、金沢の伏見寺へ立ち寄りました。芋掘藤五郎によって開基されたという真言宗のお寺です。重要文化財の阿弥陀如来像を拝観できる貴重な寺院です。

  • Jukyo-ji Temple
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Higashiyama 1-31-5
    After the great earthquake of 1858 in the domain, the local population suffered under massive rice price inflation, and when the peasants appealed directly to their lord he jailed five men, two of whom died in prison. This famous temple was built to house the Nana-ine Jizoson to commemorate them. This is a Jodo-shu school temple, and holds a picture of Benzaiten painted by Buddhist priest Shingan-osho.
  • Ryukoku-ji Temple
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Higashiyama 2-25-72
    This Soto school temple was built to venerate an Inari-kami holding the spirit of the first Maeda lord Toshi-ie, by the eighth generation abbot of Hoen-ji temple, Kohaku. This is where the headstone of Miyazaki Yuzen, who perfected the Kaga-yuzen technique, was discovered in 1920. Every May, people connected to Kaga-yuzen gather here for the Yuzen Memorial ceremony.

    JR金沢駅から徒歩30分くらいのところにある曹洞宗の禅寺です。7月に卯辰山山麓の寺院を巡った時に参拝しました。赤い鳥居が続く参道を登って行くと緑に包まれた龍国寺があります。お寺で鳥居は不思議な感じがしました。龍国寺は1650年に公儀町に建立し、1672年に寺地を没収され、廃寺同然となった。その後1671年に前田利家の出世開運の御守を封じ込めた稲荷大明神を祀る為にこの地に重建されたとのことです。加賀...

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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