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  • Nakayama-dera Temple
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    4.0
    164 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Nakayamadera 2-11-1
    This Buddhist temple is in Nakayamadera Temple, Takarazuka City. Built by Shotoku Taishi, it's regarded as Japan's first sanctuary dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, a goddess of mercy. It's the 24th temple of 33 on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. The principal object of worship is an image of an 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva that is thought to aid women in particular. As worshiping there fulfilled Toyotomi Hideyoshi's prayers for a child, the temple attracts people seeking fertility and safe childbirth.

    I have been this temple since when I was born. It's seems so changed a lots to good way. I love the view from this temple...

  • Minatogawa Shrine
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    4.0
    158 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Tamondori 3-1-1
    "A Shinto shrine conveniently located a three-minute walk from Kobe Station and Kosoku Kobe Station as well as a five-minute walk from Okurayama Station and Harborland Station. The shrine is dedicated to Kusunoki Masashige, who worked to take down the Kamakura shogunate government and later battled the army of Ashikaga Takauji. Locally, the shrine is known as ""Nanko-san."" The grounds encompass a graveyard and battleground designated National Historic Sites. The Nanko Festival, started as an unofficial festival by private citizens on May 25, 1872, is now held every five years; during the festival, a parade is conducted with people dressed in traditional samurai costumes. The shrine also holds wedding ceremonies throughout the year."

    Kobe people say 'Nanko-san' here and feel kindly. There ae a lot of traditional events here. In my son's case, Here is the first place for him to visit. For Japanese people, First visiting shrine is...

  • Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple
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    4.5
    78 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Maitani Kiyoshi 1
    "This Buddhist temple in Maitani Kiyoshi, Takarazuka City was founded in 896. It was bestowed with the title of ""Japan's First Kiyoshikojin"" by Emperor Uda. Mixing Buddhist and native Shinto elements, it's primary god Kojin is known as a deity of fire, the hearth, and the kitchen. People in their unlucky years keep hibashi fire tongs thought to be blessed by Kojin as talismans during the period, and later dedicate them to the deity at the temple's Hibashi-Nojo Hall. The precincts also feature the Tessai Museum, which displays the work of the calligrapher Tessai Tomioka."

    We enjoyed the walk to the temple from the station. It is lined with interesting shops and restaurants. We visited in Winter so the trees were without leaves and it was quite cold. The turtle pond...

  • Mondo Yakujin Tokoji Temple
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Mondonishimachi 2-26
    This Buddhist temple is about 10 minutes by taxi from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station. One of Japan's three Yakujin temples, it enshrines Yakujin Myoo, who is said to ward off all misfortune. Features besides the front gate which was completely destroyed by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and then rebuilt include an inner tower gate and the Yakujindo sub-shrine. Besides Yakujin Myoo, the temple also honors Fudo Myoo, Aizen Myoo, Daikokuten, the principal object of worship Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai, and Kukai, later known as Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon sect of Buddhism. The spacious precincts feature an area with sand from each of the stops on Shikoku's 88 Temple Pilgrimage along with representations of their principle objects of worship, giving you a chance to replicate the pilgrimage with ease.

    11月4日に門戸厄神に久しぶりに参拝しました。であい市が開催されていました。境内でガレージセール、チアダンス等の催し物が行われていました。厄神さんの参拝と共に、地元の野菜、くだものを買いました。ゆっくりと参拝したい方は、であい市の日は避けた方が良いと思います。

  • Shozenji Temple
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    3.0
    5 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Ashiyashi Kamimiyagawachou 10-12
    A Jodo Shinshu Honganji-ha Buddhist temple located next to Kamimiyagawa Park a four-minute walk from Ashiya Station. The temple has Japanese and Western-style conference rooms and a hall capable of accommodating 150 and the conference rooms can be used for club activities and rented for meetings. The temple can also provide lodging. In addition, there is a funeral home facility which can accommodate family and small-scale funerals as well as larger funerals of up to 100 guests. The temple's chief priest is also active as a singer and has appeared on television.

    JR芦屋駅南側にあるお寺です。敷地はお寺にしては狭く、土地いっぱいいっぱいに建っています。立派なお寺で、銅像もありました。檀家さんが訪れるのみなのか、訪れている人は誰もいませんでした。幹線道路から一本入っているので静かです。

  • Kakurin Temple
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Kakogawachou Kitazaike 424
    A Buddhist temple located inside Kakurinji Park a 10-minute drive from the Kakogawa By-pass' Kakogawa ramp. The temple is believed to have originally built after Prince Shotoku visited the area on the invitation of Korean monk Eben. In 1112, the temple was granted an imperial scroll by Emperor Toba and the temple's name was changed to its current title. The temple owns a total of 45 cultural treasures, including two National Treasures, 18 Important Cultural Properties, and a variety of other national, prefectural, and city-designated Cultural Properties. A memorial service festival is held in line with the anniversary of the death of Prince Shotoku around the time of the spring equinoctial week in March, and during this time the grounds bustle with garden plant and metal ware markets.

    This is a nice temple complex about a 25 minute walk from the Kakogawa JR station. If you are in the area it's worth seeing but I wouldn't make a special trip to see it. There are a couple of people...

  • Hokkesan Ichijo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Sakamotochou 821-17
    "A Buddhist temple located right next to the ""Hokkesan-ichijoji"" bus stop. This temple is the 26th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, a 33 temple pilgrimage which centers on Kyoto. A Tendai Buddhist temple founded by the Indian high priest Hodo in 650, The temple's Heian period silk painting depicting Prince Shotoku and the high priest of the Tendai sect, as well as its three tier Pagoda believed to have been built in 1171, are designated National Treasures. The temple owns numerous other statues and structures designated national, prefectural, or city Cultural Properties, including the main temple building. In fall, the grounds are colored with spectacular fall foliage, attracting many tourists."

    National tresure,3 storied pagoda, was awesome. This temple has lots of old buildings and beautiful landscape. Fall season is the best to see its fall foliage.Worth visiting.This temple is a great...

  • Nenbutsushu Sanpouzan Muryojuji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Katoushi Kamimikusa 1136
    A Buddhist temple located a 15-minute drive from the Hyogo-Tojo interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. The temple's grounds span 1.8 million square meters and the main temple building boasts 10,524 sculptures as well as more than 374,500 engraved metal fixtures. The temple was built to serve as a sacred place for Buddhists around the world and the temple's principal objects of worship are a depiction of the Amitabha triad-Amitabha, Avalokitesvara, and Mahasthamaprapta. Six major festivals are held at the temple throughout the year, including a spring equinoctial memorial, Bon festival, and fall equinoctial memorial, and, with an advance reservation, anyone can participate in these.
  • Youtakuji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Sandashi Eitakuji 210
    A Buddhist temple located a 30-minute drive from the Kobe-Sanda interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. The temple's principal objects of worship are statues depicting the Gautama Triad-Gautama Buddha, Vairocana, and Amitabha. The temple possesses many items connected to Tsugen, the priest who founded the temple and also a figure featured in local folk legends. The temple also displays some ten-odd stone Buddhist statues made in Gandhara, a source of such statuary which existed in India in the second to the third centuries, and these figures have served as valuable resources for research into art from the state.
  • Kazanin Temple (Tokozan Bodaiji)
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Sandashi Ninji 352
    "A Buddhist temple located a 20-minute drive from the Kobe-Sanda interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Bhaisajyaguru. The temple has two main temple buildings, the Kazan Hou-ou-den, which enshrines a statue of Emperor Kazan; and the Yakushido, which enshrines the principal object of worship. The shrine is counted as part of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage and the Saigoku Yakushi 49 Sacred Sites pilgrimage. In addition, the temple has seven ""Jizo Statues of Happiness,"" each of which is said to provide a different benefit to those who pray to it, giving visitors the chance to choose the statue appropriate to their needs. The temple promotes Buddhism through sutra copying events held on the first Saturday of every month as well as through appearances on the local Honey FM radio station."

    This is a beautiful place to visit. The temple is situated about 25 mins drive from central Sanda. It's located at the top of a very steep road. There's parking at the top or leave your car at the...

  • Chorinji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Goshikichoutsushimanzai 975
    "A Buddhist temple located in Goshiki-cho, Sumoto City, Hyogo Prefecture. Dedicated to Fukuroju, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, the temple is part of the Awaji Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage. The temple was founded as a standard seven structure compound in the year 737 by Gyoki to enshrine an eleven faced statue of Avalokitesvara, the temple's principal object of worship. The temple is also known for its summer festival, the night of which a portable shrine called ""Danjiri"" is carried around the grounds. Carrying two riders and weaving freely left and right, this folk entertainment called Tsukaidanjiri requires a variety of skills to be displayed and has been designated a Folk Cultural Property by the city."
  • Jodoji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Onoshi Kiyotanichou 2094
    A Mt. Koya Shingon Buddhist temple founded by the Buddhist monk Chogen in the distant Kamakura period located 15 minutes drive from the Miki-Ono interchange on the San'yo Expressway. This ancient temple owns many cultural properties and the Jododo hall and the standing statue of Amitabha it enshrines are designated National Treasures. The temple's grounds have an unusual layout, with a Hachiman Shinto shrine in the center and the Jododo and Yakushido halls facing each other beyond a pond in front of the shrine. A trail leading up the mountain behind the temple has been planted with some 10 thousand colorful hydrangea plants spanning 10 varieties. There's also a forest path which links up to the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage.
  • Joyasan Fukushoji Temple (Suma-dera)
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Sumaderachou 4-6-8
    This ancient temple is the head temple of Sumadera Sect of Shingon Buddhism and is also connected to the history of the rival Genji and Heike clans. The temple stands close to Ichi-no-Tani, the final battle ground between the Genji and the Heike and is located a five-minute walk north of Sumadera Station on Sanyo Electric Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, and Hankyu Railway lines. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Sacred Avalokitesvara said to have emerged from the ocean in the distant early Heian period. The temple possesses many cultural properties, such as a wooden eleven headed standing statue of Kannon designated a National Important Cultural Property, as well as numerous items connected to the Genji and Heike clans such as Taira no Atsumori's beloved flute Aoba. There are also many interesting things to see on the grounds such as an automaton clock and the lucky Bujikaeru frog statue.

    To our delight, we visited while monks were chanting and it was busy with food vendors and a regular temple sale was going on. The fragrance of the incense combined with the cool October air, the...

  • Tenporinji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Myoudanichou 2089
    "An ancient Shingon Buddhist temple founded in 806 located a 10-minute walk north of the ""Nakayama"" bus stop on the Sanyo Bus line route 12 leaving from the Tarumi-higashiguchi exit of JR and Sanyo Electric Railway Tarumi Station. The temple's honorific mountain name is the ""Ryugezan."" The temple's principal object of worship, a seated wooden statue of Amitabha, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property (not that this statue is not normally made viewable to the general public). The temple's Tsuinashiki, a ceremony to drive away evil spirits held each year on January 7, has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the government of Kobe City. A variety of birds live in the mountains and forest surrounding the temple, and from late June through July, visitors can enjoy looking at the colorful lotus flowers blooming on the surface Benten Pond on the grounds, as well as listening to wild birds calling to each."
  • Taisanji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nishi-ku Ikawadanichou Zenkai 224
    An ancient Tendai Buddhist temple founded in the distant Nara period by Joue, eldest son of Fujiwara no Kamatari. The temple is located five minutes drive east of the Zenkai interchange on the Hanshin Expressway No. 7 Kita-Kobe Route. The temple's current buildings were all rebuilt in 1285 or after, but many of the structures on the grounds are historically valuable architectural examples, such as the temple's main temple building, a National Treasure which hints at the prosperity the temple enjoyed during the Nanboku-cho period when it was built. 18 other structures and temple treasures have been designated National Important Cultural Properties, including the temple's Deva gate, built in the mid-Muromachi period; and an early Kamakura period seated statue of Amitabha. Primeval forest surrounds the temple, which is a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in the spring and fall foliage in autumn.
  • Hongwanji Kobe Betsuin (Modern-dera Temple)
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shimoyamatedori 8-1-1
    "This Jodo Shinshu Honganji Buddhist temple, located a one-minute walk from Kobe Rapid Transit Railway Hanakuma Station, is a branch temple directly under the Nishihonganji Temple in Kyoto City. The temple's novel, Indian Buddhist design is inherited from the previous temple building which was built in 1930; due to its design, locals call it the ""Modern Temple."" The current temple building was completed after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake; the large structure is outfitted with a variety of facilities and features, including a multipurpose hall. At the request of the Kobe City government, the building is also lit up at night as an initiative to lead reconstruction and recovery efforts in the area."

    花隈駅から出ると直ぐ目の前に大きな建物が目に入りました。一種異様にも見える寺院風ビルと云えそうで、寺号標を見なければ浄土真宗本願寺派寺院とは分かりませんでした。外観の色は抑え気味でしたが屋上の塔が特徴的となっていました。

  • Tairyu-ji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Koubekoujikata Mountain 1-3 again
    "A Toji Shingon Buddhist temple located 20 minutes from the Kyobashi Interchange on the Hanshin Expressway No. 3 Kobe Route. The temple is easily identified by its crimson lacquered main gate, which stands out amidst the forest of Mt. Futatabisan. ""Futatabi"" means ""twice,"" and according to legend the name of this mountain is derived from the great monk Kobo Daishi praying here twice just prior to traveling to Tang dynasty China as an envoy. The temple is said to protect worshippers from palsy (strokes and other cerebrovascular diseases). The temple's principal object of worship, a statue of Cintamanicakra, is a hidden Buddha (a statue not normally made viewable to the general public); records state this wooden figure was created in the Nara period and, as the oldest Buddhist image in Hyogo Prefecture, it has also been designated a National Important Cultural Property."
  • Nishidaiji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nagata-ku Kagurachou 6-7-18
    "This temple is a special head temple of Toji Shingon Buddhism. Located a one-minute walk from Shin-Nagata Station on JR and subway lines, the temple is center for Kshitigarbha worship and is known as the ""Nagata no Ojizo-san."" The temple's main building, kitchen, and main gate were destroyed in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995, but today these structures have been rebuilt. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Kshitigarbha. A statue of the great monk Kobo Daishi and a statue of Samantabhadra are enshrined at the front of the main temple building on the right and left sides, respectively; a figure of Acala is also enshrined in the Gomado hall. Each month on the 28th, the day of Acala, a goma stick burning ceremony is held to pray to Acala."
  • Mayasan Tenjoji Temple
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Mayasanchou 2-12
    "This Buddhist temple is in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. You can reach it by taking a Kobe City bus to Maya Cable Shita, taking the Maya Ropeway to Hoshi-no-Shita Station, and then walking about ten minutes. It's a sacred site on devotional circuits like the Floral Temples of the Kansai Region, the New Saigoku, and the Kobe Jusanbutsu pilgrimages. It was founded in 646 by Hodo Sennin on the orders of Emperor Kotoku. On the precincts you'll find the Tenjikudo Hall that enshrines a marble image brought from India of Maya, the historical Buddha's wife, as well as the Hana Mandala Bell cast with the imprints of 33 kinds of flowers. The principle object of worship is a hibutsu ""hidden image"" that's thought to ward off evil and invite prosperity."
  • Nofukuji Temple
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Hyougo-ku Kitasakasegawachou 1-39
    This Hyogo Prefecture Tendai Buddhist temple can be reached by walking 15 minutes east of the JR Sanyo Main Line's Hyogo Station. Established by the priest Saicho in 805, it is an important site for the sect. It prospered along with the transfer of the capital to Fukuhara by the shogun Taira no Kiyomori, and so is also known as Fukuhara Temple. The precincts are home to principal objects of worship that include a triad of Amitabha Buddha statues and a wooden eleven-faced standing image of the Bodhisattva Kannon, as well as the Hyogo Daibutsu, one of Japan's Three Great Buddhas. Annual functions include a period when the Kannon statue is made available for public viewing and a public memorial service for Taira no Kiyomori.

    I'm a lover of all things big buddha related, but this was a bit of a let down. I expected it to be a bigger attraction, possibly with more signs directing me there from the station. When i arrived...

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Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture’s main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country’s most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.

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