Temple Spots in Shizuoka Area

  • Shuzenji Temple
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    4.0
    377 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 964
    Shuzenji Temple is located in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture and in 2007 the temple welcomed the anniversary of its 1200-year history. The temple which was initially opened by Kobo Daishi, has now been converted to the Soto school of Buddhism. The Izu peninsula pilgrimage to the 88 sacred places (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi) ends at this temple which also issues amulets. Hot spring water gushes forth and steam rises up from the purificatory font on the grounds of the temple where the charm of this hot spring district lingers. Special events are held to match each season such as open-air concerts during the summer and in autumn, the courtyard tinged with autumn colors is opened to the public. The original “Shuzen-ji Temple meal” is shojin ryori (devotion cuisine) which is originally derived from Buddhism and has adopted the ideas of Chinese herbal medicine. It can be savoured at the tasting event which has been held every year since 2000.

    Ancient building set very close to the Main Street and bus station (from Shuzenji station). Though not big in size there is a great sense of peace and pride in its presence. The area up the hill...

  • Ryotanji Temple
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    4.5
    255 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Inasachouinoya 1989
    This temple is located in Iinoya, Inasa Town, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. It was founded by Gyoki in 733. The Ryotanji Garden, made by Kobori Enshu, is an observatory pond-style garden built during the early Edo Period, and has been nationally designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. It is also the family temple for the Ii family, with tombs for generations of the Ii family, Naotora Ii in particular.

    This is a peaceful and beautifully groomed little oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of ciy life. The floor boards were designed to be a warning against attacks - they chirp like birds...

  • Hattasan Soneiji Temple
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    109 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fukuroishi Toyosawa 2777
    This temple is a part of the Koyasan Shingon Sect temples and its primary object of worship is Shokannon or Avalokitesvara?. The temple was established by Gyoki in 725 AD with the ascension of Emperor Shomu and the current main-hall was rebuilt in 1983. Kannon is known to ward off evil and the temple is famous for their warding dumplings. The harvest festival, which occurs on January 7th, has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Shizuoka Prefecture.

    This old Buddhism temple Son-ei-ji founded in 725 has been famous as Hattasan in this area. When you arrive at the parking lot or bus stop, you will find a path to an old gate Nio-mon. You can...

  • Rinzaishu Daihonzan Houkouji Temple
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Inasachouokuyama 1577-1
    This temple is located in Okuyama, Inasa Town, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. It was opened by the hands of a monk, Mumongen Senzenji and a local lord, Okuyama Rokurojiro Tomofuji in 1371. The main object of worship, a Gautama triad called Wooden statues of Shaka-Nyorai and Flanking attendants, is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The temple is also known for the 500 Rakan statues scattered throughout the precinct.

    An amazing set of temples. They are a little off the beaten path but actually quite close the the resort area of Hamamatsu. I loved the big open temples with the great old statues - some of which are...

  • Yusanji Temple
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Fukuroi-shi Muramatsu 1
    "A temple in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is a temple of the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism and is dedicated to Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru). It is said that the temple was built by Gyoki in 701 and was named ""Yusanji (oil mountain temple)"" because oil sprung forth. It is also famous as a great place for healing eye disease and a great place for autumn leaves. The kitchen of the mail hall, the three-story tower, and the sanmon gate are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties."

    Yusanji Temple is located in the mountain area. It is believed that this temple helps you to improve the situation of your eyes, the diseases, ability and the like. The gate of this temple looks...

  • Hofuku-ji Temple
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
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    Shimoda, Shizuoka prefecture 1-18-26
    This temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Shimoda City was the Shimoda magistrate’s office at the end of the Edo Shogunate, and served as lodgings for the Shogunate government officials during Japan-U.S. negotiations then. It is famous as a temple where Kaishu Katsu gave an audience to Yodo Yamauchi, the feudal lord of Tosa, and had him pardon Ryoma Sakamoto’s crime of becoming a lordless samurai. The room where this happened has been left as it was at the time. On the premises is the grave of the geisha Okichi, who met an unnatural death after serving the American consul Townsend Harris, and there is also the Tojin Okichi Memorial Hall which displays photos and mementos of Okichi.

    A small temple at the end of the road by the Black Ship museum makes for a good turn around point. ;)

  • Seikenji Temple
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    31 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Okitsuseikenjichou 418-1
    This temple in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City belongs to the Myoshin-ji School of Rinzai Sect Buddhism where the Gautama Buddha is the principle focus of worship. It is said the temple was first established during the Nara Period and was revived as a Zen Buddhist temple during the Kamakura Period. It is also said that Tokugawa Ieyasu studied here briefly as a child on his way to being held hostage by the Imagawa family. Along with the grounds and garden which have been respectively designatednational Historic Site and Places of Scenic Beauty you will see many other Cultural Properties of Japan including a temple bell and historical texts.

    Seiken-ji temple is very famous among Japanese history lovers. The area where the temple had been governed by Iamagawa clan, and finally by Tokugawa clan. The temple also was affected by those...

  • Ganjojuin Temple
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    28 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Jike 83-1
    This temple is located in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It enshrines five Buddhist sculptures by the sculptor Unkei, including one of the Amitabha, the temple's principle object of worship. Each of them has been designated as a national treasure. The temple grounds have also been designated as a national historical site. Many people travel far distances in order to view the temple's historic Buddhist statues.

    運慶仏にお会いしたくて3度目の訪問。5時間ちょっとかけて車で参りますが、毎回「来て良かった」と長時間運転の疲労を感じさせません。今年も美人のあんじゅさんに「今日は暑いですね」と声をかけていただきました。4度目はいつになるかな?

  • Gokuraku Temple
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shuchigunmorimachi Ichimiya 5709
    This temple in Shuchi County, Shizuoka Prefecture is dedicated to the Amitabha. It is the thirty-third temple on the pilgrimage of the Thirty-three Kannon Temples of Enshu Province. Also known by the nickname Ajisai-dera (hydrangea temple), the temple is famous for its some 13,000 bigleaf hydrangea. Many people visit the temple during the peak bloom season, which is from June to around July each year.

    時期的にも紫陽花が咲いてくる時期となりましたので、キキョウを鑑賞後この紫陽花も鑑賞してきました。境内一杯に紫陽花が咲く姿も気持ちを癒してくれます。紫陽花のアナベルも咲き誇り景色も素敵でした。

  • Mishima-taisha Shrine
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    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Omiyachou 2-1-5
    A Shinto shrine located in the Omiya Town, Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture famous as the place where the great shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed for victory before raising his army. Dedicated to good fortune and happiness, the shrine is seen as being of particular benefit to persons involved in commerce, industry, and fishing, and the shrine grounds bustle constantly with worshipers praying for prosperity in business or an abundant harvest. The shrine’s grounds contain numerous points of note, including the “Koshikake-ishi,” a pair of chair-like stones connected to the history of Minamoto no Yoritomo and his wife Hojo Masako, a stone monument engraved with a haiku by master poet Matsuo Basho, and a 1,200 year old fragrant olive tree which is a nationally designated Natural Monument. Historical artifacts are displayed in the shrine’s treasure hall, such as a gold and silver lacquered box, a designated National Treasure, presented to the shrine by Hojo Masako. In addition to being a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, the shrine also welcomes great throngs of sightseers during the Mishima Summer Festival held from August 15 to 17.
  • Gyokusenji Temple
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Kakisaki 31-6
    "The Gyokusenji Temple is a Buddhist temple located two minutes' walk from the Kakizaki-jinja-mae bus stop. It is a 400-year-old temple belonging to the Soto School of Zen Buddhism which has been designated as a National Historic Site. The Gyokusenji Temple is famous for having been used as a venue for the second and third rounds of negotiations leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Shimoda (Peace and Friendship Treaty) between Japan and Russia in 1855. It was also used to house the first U.S. consulate in Japan, and thus played a role in the opening up of Japan to foreign trade in the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Temple was the backdrop to the events dramatized in ""O-Kichi Monogatari,"" which relates to five women who worked as servants at the consulate. Within the Temple cemetery are the tombs of five crewmen of the ""Black Ships"" (as they were known in Japan) of Commodore Perry's U.S. fleet, as well as a crewman of the ""Diana"" and a crewman of the ""Askold."""

    This temple was the first US Consulate in Japan, and still cares for the graves of Americans who passed away during the Perry visits. There is a museum that contains artifacts from that time period...

  • Koshoji Temple (Kikyoji Temple)
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shuchigunmorimachi Kusagaya 968
    This temple in Mori-Machi, Shuchi County, Shizuoka Prefecture enshrines the Avalokitesvara, Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu (Kannon) . It is the 32nd stop on the 33 Kannon Temples of Enshu (Current Shizuoka Prefecture) pilgrimage as is famous as one of the top three bellflower temples of Japan. Every year around June around 40,000 bellflowers bloom on the temple grounds, drawing large numbers of visitors.

    キキョウ寺として評判のお寺らしく、広告が出ていましたので、立ち寄ってみました。時期も丁度6月下旬でしたので、キキョウも咲いていました。しかし、キキョウも綺麗ですが、蓮の花の鉢も多くあり蓮の開花が待ち遠しいですね。

  • Sotoshu Daikakuji Zenshuin Temple
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    20 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Yaidushi Daikakuji 1-19
    This temple in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture enshrines Japan's largest thousand-armed Kannon statue. The temple was founded in the year 850 with a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) created by the Buddhist monk Kukai as the principle object of worship. Visitors can try their hand at sutra copying or seated meditation. The temple also offers a rest area where visitors can enjoy a cup of hot amazake in the winter or iced tea in warmer months.

    焼津インターから近いお寺で「日本一の千手観音像」ということで名前が知れ渡っているところです。 お寺自体は特別大きい訳ではありませんが、開創は850年に弘法大師作の薬師如来を本尊に開かれたとても古いお寺で1553年に「全珠院」と名前を改めた様です。 有名な日本一の千手観音像は建物の中にあり、高さ4.2mで金色に輝いています。 千手観音像を囲むようにお守り等も多数販売されています。 ここで感じたのはお...

  • Makayaji Temple
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Mikkabichoumakaya 421
    A temple located in Makaya, Mikkabi Town, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. Founded as Shintatsuji Temple on Mt. Tonmakuyama by Gyoki, it was transferred to its current location at the end of the Heian Period. The main object of worship is the hidden evil-defeating Sho-Kannon bodhisattva which has been passed down since the Nara Period, and the temple has been revered for its warding off of evil since ancient times. The precinct's seated-view-form pond garden Makayaji Temple Garden is famous as a representative example of feudal Japanese gardens.

    A temple just a short walk from the train station, it has beautiful, creative wooden paintings on the ceiling of the main hall (hundreds and hundreds of years old, but still retains most of its...

  • Ryounji Temple
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Hamamatsu-shi Nishi-ku Irino Cho 4702-14
    This temple is in Irinocho, Nishi Ward, Hamamatsu City. This temple was erected approximately 700 years ago during the northern and southern dynasties. The temple was destroyed by fire during the Battle of Mikatagahara between Takeda Shingen and Tokugawa Ieyasu, but the current structure was rebuilt about 200 years ago. On the temple grounds, about 30,000 square meters, along Lake Sanaru one can see the garden meticulously tended by master gardener Kitayama Yasuo, and the world's largest Heart Sutra, penned by Kanazawa Shoko.

    雨の中で訪れました。口コミで評判が高かったので行ってみました。臨済宗妙心寺派のお寺で「西湖山 龍雲寺」ということです、創建は700年前のようです。本堂を概観から見て佐鳴湖が見える展望台に行ってみました。30mくらいの高台ですが生憎の雨で半減しました。当日は法要があって本堂には入れませんでしたが、どこかの壁に大きな4mx16mの般若心経の字が書かれているそうですが見れませんでした。この寺は「永代供養...

  • Chorakuji Temple
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    21 Reviews
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    Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture 3-13-19
    This is a temple of the Chisan sect of Shingon—it is the 40th temple where amulets may be offered out of the 88 Holy Places. The temple was the location of the signing of the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Russia and the place where the ratification documents for the US-Japan Treaty of Peace and Amity were exchanged, and it is reported that the temple was founded by Takamichi in 1557. It has also been designated as a Historic Site by Shomoda City. On the grounds of the temple, it is also possible to visit the treasure hall dedicated to the Oyoshi Kannon and the tragic love of Osumi Benten (goddess of arts and wisdom). The temple has also been gathering faith as a temple which issues amulets for Izu’s Seven Deities of Good Luck tour. It is located 15 minutes by foot from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.

    下田駅から周辺観光にて立ち寄りました。日本とロシアで数回の交渉にて日露通好条約が締結されたそうです。歴史的な場所です。また、水琴窟もありました○

  • Kappa no Tera Seisoku-ji Temple
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    15 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Yatsu 256
    This temple is in Yatsu, Kawazu Town, Kamo County. It was founded in 1319 by monk Tokkei Kakusho. Legend says that the chief monk once saved the life of a kappa (a mythical river monster) that lived in the river flowing nearby, and the kappa gave the temple a pot that is still venerated in the main temple hall today. They hold the Kyuri Fuji rite here, in which cucumbers are used as effigies of the body to aid in driving out demonic diseases, pray for sound health, and wish fulfillment.

    You dont need to be fascinated by kappas, you dont need to be collecting some of Japans coolest goshuin. If youre in any of the hot spring resorts in the Izu pensinsula, take the morning to visit...

  • Honkouji Temple
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Kosai-shi Washizu 384
    A temple of Hokke sect located a ten-minute walk from Washizu Station or a 15-minute drive from the Arai Benten Interchange or the Okurado Interchange. Following National Route 301 west from the Washizu-ekimae Interchange, visitors can see the temple on the left side. The temple was founded in 1383, and the main building, renovated in 1522, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. It contains a large number of cultural treasures. Furthermore, a poem that early twentieth-century poet Kitahara Hakushu composed upon seeing the temple garden is inscribed on a plaque in front of the main building. The temple received high honors with Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu granting it permission to use the Aoi (hollyhock) crest.. A flower festival is held each year in April, when the cherry blossoms are at their peak.

    The temple itself is beautiful, but unfortunately the monks who work here are incredibly racist. If you are not of East Asian or Western European ethnic origin, they are likely to say racially...

  • Myotokuji Temple
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    15 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Ichiyama 234-1
    This famous temple in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture is dedicated to the Ucchusma, considered in Japan to be the guardian of the bathroom. The shrine offers services as the omatagi, in which visitors straddle a Japanese-style toilet to make a wish, as well as underpants-shaped amulets. Each August, many people visit the shrine for the Tosu Festival, one of Izu's three major distinctive festivals.

    「トイレの神様」として親しまれているお寺で、東司(便所)の守護神「烏瑟沙摩明王」を祀っているそうです。シモの病気にもご利益があるそうです。下にある観光センターの草もちも美味しいです。

  • Saikoji Temple
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    Shizuoka Kamo-gun Higashiizucho Inatori 563-1
    This temple belonging to the Kencho-ji School of the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism is located about a two-minute walk from Izu-Inatori Station. The temple is just around the first right corner on Ekimae-dori Street heading southeast from the station. The kaya (Torreya nucifera) tree on the temple grounds, which estimated to be about 750 years old, has been designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument. The tree is so famous that the temple is also called Kaya-dera Temple. The temple is part of Hachigadera, a cluster of eight temples in Inatori. We recommend visiting the temple along with the other seven temples. Visitors can divine their fortunes using Mani-guruma (a prayer wheel) after first exorcising their misfortune by walking the Fudo Shosai no Michi. Other points of interest include the temple's treasure house, which contains the Heiwa Shaka Nyorai, a statue of the Buddha that is a National Treasure of Burmese (now Myanmar).

    境内だけでも色々なものがありフォトジェニックなお寺です。 大きなカヤの木が目立つかな。 なぜかミャンマーの釣鐘(佛鐘)があって、世界最大の大きさだそうです。小さいサイズの佛鐘もあって、こちらは自由に鳴らすことができます。釣鐘といっても板状で、木のハンマーで叩きます。結構よい音色でした。 私のお気に入りは”ささやきらかん”。 煩悩から解き放たれた羅漢が、ひそひそばなし。ちょっと世俗っぽいですね...

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With the giant Pacific Ocean to the south and the great Mount Fuji to the north, Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with some of the best views the country has to offer. The white sand beaches of the Izu Peninsula are a rare find on mainland Japan, neighbored by beautiful cliffs, tumbling hills, and natural hot springs. As Japan’s largest producer of green tea, the age-old tradition of tea drinking is ubiquitous in Shizuoka, from the miles of tea fields to the old tea houses hosting traditional tea ceremonies.

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