Tenneiji Temple

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.

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Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Higashitsuchidouchou 17-29
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Great Architecture
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.10
    Love the architecture of the temple. While its not a must see, if youre in town, its worth adding to your itinerary.
  • worth the walk
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.03.24
    A lovely area around the temple - the temple is worth the visit but dont miss the path of literature
  • fun little walk if your not biking
    3.0 Reviewed:2018.08.27
    There are several routs UP to the shrine including cat ally. Easy fun family walk if your exploring the town.

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