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  • Senkoji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 15-1
    This is a temple located in Senkoji Park in Onomichi City. According to temple legend it was established in 806, by Kobo Daishi. The red painted main hall is an unusual structure called a stage building, and the building, together with the bell tower, symbolizes Onomichi. It is believed that once a jewel of shining light was placed on the big rock beside the main hall called “Tama no Iwa” and this illuminated the sea. From inside the precincts you can enjoy a magnificent view overlooking the city of Onomichi and the Seto Inland Sea.

    Beautiful views from the top, but the cluster of temples and shrines just below the summit are what really makes the place special. Looks like something Disney would dream up.

  • Kousanji Museum (Kousanji Temple)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Setodachousetoda 553-2
    The temple of Jodo Shinshu in Setoda Town, Onomichi City. It was established in 1936 by Kouzo Kousanji, an industrialist, to ensure his mother’s bodai or enlightment. The temple itself is the museum and inside the exhibition hall there are displays of cultural properties such as artifacts of Buddhism, tea ceremony and drawings. Many temples were built mimicking Japanese architecture and 15 buildings, including the main hall, are registered as Tangible Cultural Properties of the country. It is also called “the Sunlight in the West”.

    This is the best temple complex ever seen in Japan. Many shines colorful combined with a nice garden. Must see

  • Enmyoji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashi Saeki-ku Miyake 5-399
    This Koyasan Shingon sect temple is located in Saeki Ward, Hiroshima City, and is dedicated to Nyoirin Kannon Bodhisattva. The eighth site on the new Shikoku pilgrimage to 88 sacred places in Hiroshima, many worshippers visit every year. In addition, it was chosen as an Important Tangible Cultural Property of Hiroshima City.
  • Abuto Kannon (Abuto Goddess of Mercy)
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Numakumachou Notohara 1427-1
    At this Rinzai-sect Myoshin school Buddhist Temple in Fukuyama City, the principal image of worship is the Eleven-faced Kannon. Said to have been built by Emperor Kazan in 992, the temple has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The crimson lacquered Kannon Hall standing above the Seto Inland Sea and the rough rock face gives both a sense of thrill and picturesque beauty. It is said that praying at the temple will give mothers easy childbirth or bless couples with children.

    It took some effort to find a bus going to this location, but there is one from Matsunaga station. Note that the bus has a limited schedule. Once you get there, you will enjoy the view as much as the...

  • Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Numakumachou Kamisanna 91
    "The Shinshoji is a Buddhist temple located in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Founded in 1965, the temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Maitreya. Visitors can enjoy a Japanese sweet combo in a tea house on the grounds and also try the same Shinshoji udon noodles eaten by ""unsui"" itinerate trainee monks. The temple offers a Zen training experience as well as activity classes like zazen meditation and traditional sutra copying."
  • Mitaki Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinishiku Mitakiyama 411
    A Buddhist temple in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima City located halfway up Mt. Mitaki is part of the Koyasan Shingon-shu grouping of temples. Said to have been founded in 809 by Kukai, there are three waterfalls with different streams located on the grounds. The two-story pagoda erected as a memorial to victims of the atomic bombs was transferred from Wakayama’s Hirohachiman-Jinja shrine and has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. Inside the pagoda is another Important Cultural Property of Japan, a wooden statue depicted the seated form of the Amitabha (Amidanyorai) Buddha. The temple is well known as a place to see cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colors in the fall, and there is always a great turn out of visitors.
  • Myooin Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Kusadochou 1473
    A Buddhist temple in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The principal object of worship in the Shingon sect Daikakuji school temple is the Eleven-Faced Kannon Bosatsu. First established in 807 by Kukai the main hall and five-story pagoda have been designated National Treasures of Japan. The standing statue of the Eleven-Faced Kannon Bosatsu has also been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. When the Shoin (lecture hall) and Kuri (kitchen and living quarters) are open to the public on the third Saturday of every month, you can receive information about the temple and hospitality from volunteer members of the Myooin Temple Appreciation Society.
  • Misenhondo Hall
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 210
    A Buddhist temple in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture was reportedly founded by Kukai in 806 and became a training hall for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. The main principal of worship is the bodhisattva called Akasagarbha (Kokuzo Bosatsu), and the bodhisattva is flanked by Acala (Fudo Myoo) and Vaisravana (Bishamonten). The fire lit by Kukai when he was praying is still kept burning, and you can enjoy tea made by the spiritual water boiled in kettles over this fire.
  • Buttsuji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Miharashi Takasakachou Motoyama 22
    A Buddhist temple in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. This Rinzai sect temple is primarily dedicated to the worship of Shakanyorai and was established in 1397. The main temple hall has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The temple draws visitors year-round and is often bustling with people searching for tales of history. The temple is especially well known as a place to visit during autumn for its variety of colors of changing leaves.

    We went today and luckily, there will still some beautiful fall colors to enjoy! It was very crowded though so we had to park a little further down the road. The walk was nice though so we didn’t...

  • Daiganji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 3
    This is a temple of the Koyasan sect of Shingon, located in Miyajima Town, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is said that it was founded during the Heian period, but details are unknown. It is believed that in the Kamakura period the temple was restored by a priest named Ryokai; and the temple was responsible for the repair and construction of Itsukushima Shrine. The temple is also known to hold many Buddha statues such as a wooden statue of the Buddha of Healing, an Important Cultural Property. “Itsukushima Benzaiten”, one of the three major Benzaitens (Sarasvati) in Japan, transposed from Itsukushima Shrine due to the decree to separate Buddhism and Shintoism, is secured in the main hall, and is worshipped as the Goddess of Worldly Benefits. It is a spot where many worshipers wish for business prosperity, safety in the home, and fulfillment of major wishes.

    This shrine doesn’t have the wow factor of its larger neighbour but is nice to stroll around. There are benches on which to rest your legs and watch the deer.

  • MIYAJIMA MISEN DAISYOIN
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 210
    It is the most important temple of the Shingon Omuro sect in Miyajima Town, Hatsukaichi City, and the temple with the longest history in Miyajima. It is believed to have been established when Kobo Daishi crossed to Miyajima in 806. It was once a different temple administering the ceremonial festivals of the Itsukushima Shrine and was deeply related to the Imperial Family. The temple has many statues in the Kannon-do Hall such as the Kannon Bosatsu or Deity of Mercy with eleven heads, and is the only temple in Japan enshrining Sanki Daigongen (the three fierce guardian gods). You can see the streets of the opposite shore from this serene environment, and it is also famous for its autumn colors.

    We visited this early in the morning and it was so peaceful. With a guide map we saw all that this temple had to offer It was interesting to see the sutras and the Mandela wheel in one of the...

  • Ioji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou Ushiroji 1397
    A Shingon sect temple built in the mountainside in Tomo Town in Fukuyama City. It is said that it was opened by Kobo Daishi in the Heian period. It was destroyed by a fire, but since restored. The main statue is a standing wooden statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Buddha of Healing) and was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the prefecture. It is a perfect viewing spot overlooking the coming and going of boats in the harbor which prospered as a port that relied on the tide.
  • Eimyoji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Shoubarashi Toujouchoutaishakumido 2100
    Legend says this temple was founded by the priest Gyoki in 709. The principal object of worship is an image of Taishakuten, who's said to be related to victory and success. This is where the beautifully scenic natural monument of the Taishaku Gorge gets its name. Local farmers and samurai have worshiped there since ancient times, and it is home to temple treasures like a steel gong bequeathed by Nagao Kazukatsu, the lord of Tojo Castle. Currently visitors aren't allowed inside, but you can still view the historic wooden building from the grounds.
  • Saihoji Temple Fumeikaku
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Honmachi 3-10-44
    The Fumeikaku building at the Jodo sect Saihoji Temple, is a temple dedicated to Kannon, the Goddess of mercy. It is located within the townscape preservation area in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The wooden standing statue of the eleven-headed Kannon, which was the principal image of worship in the Zen temple of Myohoji which used to stand on this site, is enshrined here. The building, built in 1758, is said to have been modeled on Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and is characterized by the way it has been constructed in the manner of a stage with its double roof of traditional tiles. The view from the Fumeikaku overlooks the town of Takehara and the Seto Inland Sea and is a popular spot frequented by many tourists.
  • Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Noborichou 4-42
    The cathedral of the Catholic Noboricho Church in Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture was completed in 1954 as a symbol for peace and a memorial to the victims of the atomic bomb. Wounded in the bombing himself, the Reverend Hugo Lassalle, proposed the idea, and with the support of the Pope, collected contributions from all around the world to build his church as a memorial to world peace. The modern and majestic architectural design fit for a new post-war era was designed by architect Murano Togo. The building has been designated as a national Important Cultural Property.

    I attended Saturday evening mass and it was held in the crypt chapel in the basement. The main cathedral was under renovation. After reading what the other reviewers wrote, I hope to visit the main...

  • Tenneiji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 17-29
    Tenneiji Temple, a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, located about 15 minutes’ walk from Onomichi Station, is said to have been founded by Fumyo Kokushi through donations by Yoshiakira Ashikaga in 1367. Yoshiakira built the temple as a five-story pagoda but it was later changed to a three-story pagoda known as Kaiunto, now designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The view from the tower overlooking the city and the sea is one of the highlights of Onomichi. The 526 statues of Buddhist saints in the Rakando Hall is a must-see. A so called Sasuri Hotoke-san statue (literally, “rubbing Buddhist statue”) stands to the left in the temple’s main hall, and legend has it that your illness will get cured when you rub the same part of the statue’s body to where you feel sick. From April through to May, the cherry blossom and peonies show their full splendor in the temple grounds.

    There are several routs UP to the shrine including cat ally. Easy fun family walk if your exploring the town.

  • Jodo-ji Temple
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    46 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashikubochou 20-28
    This is one of the leading ancient temples of the Chugoku region. Located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima, it is the head temple of the Senyuji school of the Shingon sect. It is said to have been founded by Prince Shotoku in 616 as is known as the temple where Ashikaga Takauji prayed for success in battle. The main temple building, with its Irimoya-zukuri (formal tile hip-and-gable roof) and Hongawara-buki (tile roofing in which round and square tiles are laid down alternately) and the two-storied pagoda are registered as National Treasures, and the main gate and temple hall containing the image of Amitabha are Important Cultural Properties. In fact, the temple has such high historical value that the entire grounds are designated as a National Treasure. The inner shrine at the top of the mountain offers a spectacular view of the townscape of Onomichi and the sea.

    参道の正面に立体交差の線路があります。電車と山門のコンビネーションは他では見たことがなかったので驚きました。

  • Kaiunto Pagoda, Tenneiji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 115
    This three-storied pagoda is located on the grounds of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism temple Tenneiji, which is said to have been founded by Fumyo Kokushi (high priest) due to contributions from Ashikaga Yoshiakira. It was five stories when the temple was established in 1388, but the top two stories were supposedly removed in 1692. It has been designated as an Important Cultural Property and is also known as Kaiunto. The harmonious scenery created by the pagoda, the town, and the sea is gorgeous, and it is one of Onomichi’s most well-known sights. The nearest station is Onomichi Station.
  • Jiko-ji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nishitsuchidouchou 9-2
    This is an old temple with an impressive, grand stone gate called Jiko-ji Temple, which is one of the seven Buddha monuments of the Onomichi tour route. It is famous for its blooming hydrangeas in the rainy season, and is also known as Hydrangea Temple. The Nigiri Buddha experience, making hand size Buddha clay statues while making wishes, is also popular.
  • Kairyuji Temple
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    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashikubochou 22-8
    Kairyuji Temple was established in 1245. In the temple there are the tombstone of Takemoto Yatayu, a Bunraku performer and the Okyozuka monument. As the Bunraku (classical Japanese puppetry) uses the hands, praying while stroking a certain part of the monument is said to improve a person’s artistic skills. A thousand-armed Kannon is the temple’s principle image, and it is an important prefectural cultural property. Other temple treasures including statues of Fudo Myoo (Acala, one of the Five Wisdom Kings) and Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) are also must-sees. It is approximately a 10-minute drive from JR Onomichi Station.

    Located next to Jodoji, Kairyu-ji is the 7th stop of the 7 temple route. Behind the temple also a rock mountain with chains for climbing experience. For those who want to experience the similar...

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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