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  • 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.
  • Shuzenji Temple
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    4.0
    330 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.

    The highlight:the place where you wash your hands outside the temple has warm onsen water! The area is nice with red leaves too, good for photo taking

  • Hattasan Soneiji Temple
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    4.0
    97 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...

  • Ryosen-ji Temple
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    Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture 3-12-12
    This temple is located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture which was built in 1635 with the support of the 2nd Shimoda “bugyo” (shogunate magistrate), Denshiro Masanaga Imamura. In the Edo period, Shimoda was where the magistrates’ office was located and was known as Edo’s gateway to the sea. It was also known as the place where the Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity was concluded between Perry and the Japanese authorities at the end of the Tokugawa period. Hundreds of American Jasmine were planted all along the approach road to the grounds of the temple, so the temple also has the pseudonym of “Jasmine Temple”. The jasmine flowers do be in full bloom from the middle of May up to late May and also in July and September, one-third in bloom. The temple is located 10 minutes by foot from Izukyu-line Shimoda Station.
  • Chorakuji Temple
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    3.0
    17 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.

    観光地というほどではないお寺でした。ペリーロード散策のついでに立ち寄っても損はないかな、といったところです。

  • Gyokusenji Temple
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    3.5
    22 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...

  • Shogetsuin Temple
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 377
    Shogetsuin Temple is a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism and is situated on a hill about five minutes’ walk from Ito Station. The temple is also known as Hana-dera (flower temple) or Sakura-dera (cherry blossom temple) because of the many cherry trees planted there, including the rare higan (early-flowering) cherry tree. The temple is famous for its spectacular views overlooking Ito City and the sea. It is also the family temple and birthplace of Mokutaro Kinoshita, a literary man from Ito. In the beautifully maintained gardens are a slab with a haiku engraved onto it and a writing-brush burial mound, and in the lake next to the main temple is Bentendo Hall devoted to the goddess Saraswati. It is one of the stops on the tour of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.

    場所は少し分かりにくいかもしれません 狭い道を通った坂の途中にありました 駐車場?はあるので車でも行けます お庭には橋と桜がありとても綺麗でした 御朱印もあるみたいです

  • Toi Daruma-dera Temple
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Koshimoda 463-1
    The Toi Daruma-dera Temple is a temple located on National Route 136 in the Koshimoda district of Izu City. The five-meter-high “Immortal Daruma-daishi” statue in the Temple’s Main Hall is famous as being the largest seated statute of Daruma in Japan. It is said that if you recite the “Namu-Damo-Sowa-Ka” chant three times, and then attach a good-luck tally with your wish written on it to a Daruma doll, your wish will come true.

    As I was returning Toi from lover's cape, this temple caught my eyes, so decided to make a pit stop. Nice to take some photographs. But if will need to pay to go into the alter, do we did not go in.

  • Ganjojuin Temple
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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.
  • Myotokuji Temple
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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.
  • Gokuraku Temple
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    4.0
    7 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.

    名前を聞いてピンときませんでしたが、そう、あじさい寺ですね。 その名の通りあじさいの美しいお寺です。 あじさい祭りの頃がやはりオススメです。

  • Koshoji Temple (Kikyoji Temple)
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    3.5
    9 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.

    本堂にお参りしたあと、観音堂へ。そちらの [しあわせの数珠]も大きいのですが、[大念珠]はもっと大きい。心で念じながら静かに引くと、カチ!カチ!カチ!カチ!・・・と音が響きながら1珠ずつ落ちてきます。これは面白かったです。ききょうの見頃には少し早かったのですが、あじさい、花しょうぶの花もきれいに咲いていました。

  • Sotoshu Daikakuji Zenshuin Temple
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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.
  • Seikenji Temple
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    4.0
    26 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.

    Seikenji Temple is known by avid Japanese history fans as a place where young Iyeyasu Tokugawa who later became the first shogun of Edo government was given education while he was in hostage. One of...

  • Baiinzenji Temple
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    3-8 Minamioka cho Shimizu Shimizu Ward Shizuoka prefecture Shizuoka prefecture
    A temple in Shimizu Ward, Shizuok City a that belongs to the Myoshin-ji School of Rinzai Sect Buddhism and was established during the Ashikaga Period. On the grounds you'll find a grave of Shimizu Jirocho as well as those of his close associates, Omasa, Komasa, Masukawa Seiemon and his wife Lady Ocho. Also present are a bronze statue of Jirocho and a Museum dedicated to him. In the museum you can see mementos of Jirocho including charms, a clock, a telescope, and an arquebus.
  • Yusanji Temple
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    Shizuoka Pref. Fukuroishi Muramatsu 1
    This temple is in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture is part of the Shingon sect Chizan-ha, where the principle object of worship is the buddha Yakushinyorai or ?Bhaisajyaguru. The temple was established by Gyoki in 701 AD and its name is said to have come from oil welling up from the ground. The temple is known for helping those with eye diseases and is famous for its autumn colors. The small shrine in the main-hall, three-tiered pagoda, and main gate of the temple have all been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.
  • Gansuiji Temple
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Hamakita-ku Negata 2238
    This temple is located in Negata, Hamakita Ward, Hamamatsu City, and opened in 725 by bodhisattva Gyoki. The primary object of worship is a hidden Bhaisajyaguru said to be constructed by Gyoki. The guardian-of-childbirth object of worship comes from the Tenryu River Ryujin Legend which emerged at the time of Sakanoue Tamuramaro's eastern expedition, and is now designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

    星まつりには必ずいきます。とにかく大盛況ですし、みんな楽しみにしています。歌を聞いて、お餅をひろって、えびすやでたい焼きを買ってかえる。 毎年のたのしみです。

  • Ryotanji Temple
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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.
  • 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.
  • Shosan Horinji Temple
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Hamamatsushi Kita-ku Hosoechounakagawa 65-2
    A temple in Nakagawa, Hosoe Town, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City. As it is the temple of an Obaku school of Zen Buddhism, opened in 1664, it is one of the Kohoku Gozan along with the Makayaji Temple, Daifuku Temple, Hokoji Temple, and Ryotanji Temple. With an architectural style adopted from the Chinese Ming Dynasty, the Buddhist sanctum and abbot chamber have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. When the precinct's kinmeiseki is struck, it rings out with a clear sound, so the temple is considered to be good for improving financial fortune.

    浜松市北区にある黄檗宗のお寺で。開山350年を迎えています。本堂は現在修理中ですが日本にお寺にはない中国風の雰囲気のあるお寺です。また、金鳴石といってたたくと金属音のする珍しい石があり金運のご利益があるとのことです。

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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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