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  • Toyokawa Inari Shrine  (Toyokawakaku Myogon-ji Temple)
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    Aichi Pref. Toyokawashi Toyokawachou 1
    A Soto Buddhist temple which is also regarded as one of the three great Inari Shinto shrines in Japan. The official name of the temple is the Toyokawakaku Myogon-ji, but it is popularly called the Toyokawa Inari. The nickname derives from the temple’s figure of a Buddhist Dakini spirit, which sits astride a white fox and carries an ear of rice, symbols of the Inari Okami, the god of foxes. The temple was built in the Muromachi period and came to be worshipped by the common people in the Edo period for purportedly blessing people with thriving businesses, good fortune, and peace and prosperity in the home. One of the highlights of the temple is the “fox mound” found on its grounds, which is covered with countless statues of foxes donated by worshippers. Restaurants in the neighborhood around the temple serve Toyokawa Inari-zushi fried tofu sushi rolls.
  • Kitanosan Sinpuku-ji Hosho-in (Osu Kannon Temple)
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Osu 2-21-47
    Located in the Osu district of Nagoya City’s Naka Ward, this temple belonging to the Shingon Chisan sect is said to be one of Japan’s three hallowed grounds of Kannon, the deity of mercy. It is also well-known under the name Osu-Kannon. The temple was constructed as Shinpuku-ji in 1333 in what is now Gifu Prefecture’s Hashima City, and was moved to its present site in 1612. The vermillion hondo (main temple) is a symbol of Osu and is known as the “Osu Bunko” (library) for its collection of some 15,000 old books including Japan’s oldest manuscript of the “Kojiki” (Records of Ancient Matters), a National Treasure, and the “Shomonki” (The Chronicle of Masakado), which is an Important Cultural Property.

    The temple was very nice and a good stop either before or after shopping at Osu shopping street. The temple is very picturesque and provided another glimpse of the unique Japanese culture. It costs...

  • Daisho-ji Temple
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    56 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kitahakusambira 5
    A branch temple of the Buddhist Daihonzan Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture. The temple was erected in 1953 for believers in the Nagoya area and is the largest temple dedicated to Acala in the Chubu area. The temple’s principal object of worship is a figure of Acala holding a sharp sword in his right hand to cut away worldly desires. In his left hand, the statue holds a lariat to tie to the legs of those who have turned their backs on the teachings of Buddhism and drag them back to the path of righteousness. On New Year’s day, a special gomaku ceremony is held in which cedar wood is burned in offering to Acala. A variety of other events are also held at the temple. The closest station is the Meitetsu Inuyamayuen Station, a 10 minute walk away from the temple.

    This must be the main attraction of Inuyama. Zou can enjoy panoramic view from the swuare befor the temple. It offers fantstic view on the Inuyama castle and whole city. Mountains in the background...

  • Daijuji Temple
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    73 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Kamodachou Hiromoto 5-1
    Daijuji Temple is a Jodo sect temple in Kamoda Town, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. It is a family temple of the Tokugawa Shogun family and their ancestors, the Matsudaira family. Matsudaira Chikatada founded the temple in 1475 as a temple for the war dead. The tombs of eight generations of the Matsudaira family and life-sized mortuary tablets of successive Tokugawa Shogun rest here. The temple is also famous as the place where Ieyasu, who lost the Battle of Okehazama, vowed to stage his comeback. In the temple grounds are many treasures including Important Cultural Properties such as the splendid Tahoto pagodas (a “multi-treasure” pagoda) established by Ieyasu’s grandfather, Kiyoyasu Matsudaira, and the screen paintings by Reizei Tamechika.

    Daijuji temple is one of the official Tokugawa Shogun family's temple. The one and only display of the IHAIs (Buddist mortuary tablet) of the 14 Shoguns who ruled Japan during the Edo period is...

  • Inuyama Jakko-in Temple
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    51 Reviews
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    Aichi Inuyama-shi Tsugao Sugi No Dan 12
    Jakkoin Temple in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, is a temple of the Chisan School of the Shingon Sect. The temple is also known by the names Tsugaokannon, and Momijidera. It is said that the Japanese Buddhist priest, Dosho, built the temple by order of Emperor Kotoku in 654. The temple received a donation from Oda Nobunaga as a holy temple of the Kimon guardian of Kiyosu Castle in 1565. The place is famous for its beautiful flowers all year round such as the spring Yoshino cherry, hydrangeas and crape-myrtle. The colorful leaves of about 1,000 trees can be seen in autumn, and many tourists come to the Momiji Festival held from the second Saturday of November to the second Sunday of December.

    とても素晴らしい紅葉!寂光院口まではコミュニティバスなどで行ける。それより上、タクシーと日にち指定でバスもあるよう。本堂までは階段が長く続く。有料のケーブルカー6人乗りがありました。

  • Nittaiji Temple
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    119 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Chikusa-ku Hououchou 1-1
    Nittaiji Temple is located about 10 minutes on foot from Kakuozan Station. It was founded in 1904 to house the ashes of Buddha, which the Kingdom of Siam (now the Kingdom of Thailand) gave to Japan. It is the only temple in Japan that does not belong to any specific sect but represents all the sects. In the main hall is the gold-bronze statue of Shaka Nyorai (Tathagata), which was a national treasure of Thailand, and the ashes of Buddha are kept in the holy tower. On the 21st of every month approximately 100 stalls and throngs of people flock to the path leading up to the temple. It is also well-known as a place to see cherry blossom and azaleas.

    Near to the shopping street. Clean and quiet place. Spend some minutes after shopping. Near to train station.

  • Kojakuji Temple
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Asukechou Imori 39
    Kojakuji Temple is a Soto sect temple on Mt. Iimori in Asuke Town, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. In order to hold a memorial service for the departed powerful Asuke clan, the temple was built among the remains of the Asuke clan residence in 1427. In the mountains there is a stone image of the sixteen arhats, and the tombs of the Asuke Castle Lords and five generations of the Asuke clan. The eleventh chief priest of the temple known as the father of momiji, planted maple and cedar trees in the area and now it is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves. Because it is located in the middle of the Korankei Gorge, many tourists come to visit in the fall.

    Getting to Kojakuji is an easy uphill walk, but there are a lot of stairs many of which were moss-covered. Two ladies who were on our bus from Toyohashi came up to us as we crossed the bridge into...

  • Horai-ji Temple
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    57 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Shinshiroshi Kadoya Houraiji 1
    A Buddhist temple located near the summit of Mt. Horaiji dedicated to Bhaisajyaguru. The Deva gate on the temple's approach has been designated a National Important Cultural Property; nearby, the giant, 60 meter tall Japanese cedar dubbed Kasasugi has been selected for the New List of Japan's 100 Most Famous Trees. The temple grounds are also a renowned destination for fall foliage, and many visitors come here to climb the temple's 1,425 stone steps while taking in the scenery provided by Mikawa (Province - eastern Aichi Prefecture) in the distance.

    紅葉を見たくて11月24日に行ってきました。朝9時半に着いた時は駐車場は半分くらい埋まってましたが、お昼に帰る頃はもういっぱい。駐車場待ちの車は60分待ちとありましたので、紅葉のシーズンは朝一番で行くことをお勧めします。

  • Koshoji Temple
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    60 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Shouwa-ku Yagotohonmachi 78
    A Buddhist temple located in Showa Ward, Nagoya City dedicated to Dainichi-Nyorai. The temple is also famous as having been a favorite of the Owari Tokugawa family. The temple grounds are hosting to designated Important Cultural Properties such as a five tier pagoda, and the temple's mountain walking path attracts many visitors. A monthly festival and market are also held at the temple.

    Koshoji is magnificent!! It is a large, elegantly designed temple complex filled with well-crafted statues, a lovely fountain, small gardens, different temples and even a large cemetery. The whole...

  • Iwaya-ji Temple
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    15 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Chitagunminamichitachou Yamami Masou 109
    A Shingon Buzan Buddhist temple located in Minamichita Town, Chita County which boasts a history dating back over 1,300 years. Founded by the great monk Kukai, the temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Acala. The temple is also the 45th on 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The temple's Daishi-do hall is a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property, while the grounds have been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty as well as a Nature Park by the prefectural government.

    すごいすごい静かです。南知多の山奥にあるお寺です。すごく静かでまさに秘境というところです。 参道にはお墓があり、地元の方々も見かけるので、少人数で静かにお参りするのがよいと思います。お参りして下さい。

  • Omidoji Temple
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    37 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Chitagunmihamachou Noma Higashi field 50
    A Shingon Buddhist temple located in Mihama Town, Chita County, Aichi Prefecture. The temple's principal object of worship is a figure of Amitabha. According to legend, the famous samurai Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed continuously to this statue and eventually his wish was granted; accordingly, the temple is also believed to grant the prayers of worshipers. The grave of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Yoritomo's father, is also located on the temple's grounds. The temple also owns a wooden statue depicting Amitabha in a seated position which has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the prefecture as well as many other Important Cultural Properties.

    他の施設で偶然見つけて寄りましたが、とても良かったです。車で行く際に少しわかりづらいかもしれませんが駐車場がきちんとあります。 パワースポットでもあるようですが、源義朝最期の地、本四国八十八ケ所のお砂の埋まったお砂踏みなど見所がたくさんあり、是非行っていただきたい場所です。

  • Togan-ji
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    85 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Chikusa-ku Yotsuyatori 2-16
    A Soto Buddhist temple located in Chikusa Ward, Nagoya City. The temple was built to memorialize Oda Nobuhide, father of the famous samurai Oda Nobunaga, by his third son, Nobuyuki. The Nagoya Daibutsu, a giant, 10 meter tall statue of the Buddha, was built on the temple's grounds in 1987. A popular sightseeing and worship destination, the temple also possesses and displays many treasures dedicated to the theme of unity between men and women, such as a famous statue depicting the goddess Benzaiten sleeping.

    Awe inspiring. The setting is serene and the color of the Buddha is unbelievable. There are seating areas of stone, huge bamboo growth and a temple you must visit for its beauty and historical...

  • Kenchuji Temple
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    31 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Tsutsui 1-7-57
    A Pure Land Buddhist temple located in Higashi Ward, Nagoya City dedicated to Acala. The temple's grounds are host to many precious examples of Edo period architecture designated Cultural Properties by the city of Nagoya, including the main temple, sanmon triple gate, and bell tower. Each year during the Setsubun festival in February, dried beans are thrown from the main temple, and the temple grounds bustle with visitors come to see the spectacle.

    Beautiful temple it has like a little "entrance" across the street. In a very quiet neighborhood especially at nights

  • Koujyuin Temple
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    2 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nishioshi Kamimachi Hamayashiki 83
    A Pure Land Buddhist temple located in Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture dedicated to Amitabha. One of the temple's former chief priests, Adachi Jundo, famously promoted the growth of the tea industry in the area, and accordingly the temple is also known as the Tea Forefather Temple. The Hokoku-sai festival, held every December, attracts many visitors, and during the festival, tea is offered to the goods and a report is made on the state of the local tea industry.

    西尾市の城下町からは少し外れた場所にあり、境内もそんなに大きなお寺ではありませんが、お茶処西尾市のお茶の樹の原樹が境内に植えられているのが一応の観光ポイントですね。

  • Kigakurin Bansho-ji Temple
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Osu 3-29-12
    A Buddhist temple located in Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya City. Oda Nobuhide, father of the mighty Oda Nobunaga, established this temple as the Oda family temple in 1540. The temple was notably rebuilt in the 1990s and the main temple is a reinforced concrete structure with one floor below ground and five above, while the temple's crypt incorporated cutting edge technologies. On the 28th of every month, the temple hands out mochi rice cakes in connection with a historical event in which Nobunaga's life was saved when the arrow of an enemy aimed at his chest hit a hard, dried rice cake he was carrying instead.
  • Zenkoji Temple Tokai Betsuin
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    Aichi Pref. Inazawashi Sobuechousobue Minamigawara 57-2
    A Buddhist temple located in Sobue Minamigawara Sobue-cho, Inazawa City. This temple is a branch temple of the Zenkoji Temple in Nagano Prefecture. The temple's large main temple is modeled after the main temple at the Zenkoji and is two thirds its size, and visitors can go on a Kaidan Meguri and walk through a pitch black chamber in which is kept the temple's principal image similar to that offered by the Zenkoji. The temple also offers Go-etoki lectures which explain the miraculous origins of the Zenkoji using a special history painting.
  • Yawase Kannon
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    Aichi Pref. Inazawashi Yawasechou 2664
    A Buddhist temple located in Mishimamae Yawase-cho, Inazawa City. In the strictest sense, the facility is in fact not a temple but rather a large country estate. The temple's principal object of worship, an 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva statue, has been believed to aid in the recovery from various illnesses since ancient times. Water from the well in the temple's garden is also believed to cure illness, and many worshippers make a prayer here before taking some to bring home.

    以前から矢合観音の看板が気になっていたので、立ち寄ってみました。参道前には有料の駐車場もありましたが、裏手の細い道を通り抜けると無料の駐車場もあります。細い参道には売店などもあり観光客向けというよりは地元の人向けの趣。観音堂も民家のような建物でしたが、小さいながら地元の人たちの信仰に守られ大切にされているように感じました。

  • Shinpukuji
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    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Shimpukujichou Yakushiyama 6
    "A Buddhist temple located in Yakushiyama Shinpukuji-cho, Okazaki City. Founded in 594, it is believed to be the oldest temple of all the many old temples in the Mikawa (eastern Aichi Prefecture) area. The temple's principal object of worship is water from a well in the enshrinement hall of the main temple dubbed the ""Suitai Yakushi"" or ""Water-Bodied Bhaisajyaguru."" The temple also serves ""takezen ryori"" full course cuisine focusing primarily on bamboo shoot dishes in the assembly hall on the temple's grounds."
  • Muryoji Temple
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    31 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Gamagorishi Nishiurachou Nicchu 30
    A Buddhist temple located in Nitchu Nishiura-cho, Gamagori City. The temple was founded all the way back in the Heian period. The temple's principal object of worship is a hidden Buddha statue called the Nishiura Fudo. The temple is believed to ward off incurable diseases, particularly cancer. Many visitors purchase special ema votive tablets to ward away cancer and the temple also provides lectures on life habits for avoiding cancer.

    西浦温泉に宿泊。車で10分で行けます。無量寺ガン封じ寺は初めての為、参拝、ガン封じ絵馬奉納して参りました。

  • Kezoji
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    Aichi Prefecture Nishio-shi Okayama Sanno 59
    A Buddhist temple located in Okayama Sannosan Kira-cho, Nishio City. The temple was founded in 1600 by Kira Yoshisada, great-grandfather of the infamous court noble Kira Yoshihisa. A graveyard in which generations of the Kira clan are buries is located on the grounds, and a memorial service is held each year on December 14 on the anniversary of Kira Yoshihisa's death.

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Aichi is a prefecture of great natural beauty with Nagoya city at its heart, a busy hub home to a labyrinth of underground shops and the 17th-century Nagoya Castle. Castles are easy to find in this history-rich prefecture, but the highlight for history buffs has to be the Museum Meiji-mura, where preserved buildings from the turn of the 20th century are displayed in all their grandeur in an outdoor museum.

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