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Saikokuji Temple (西國寺)

This is the head temple of the Daigo branch of Shingon Buddhism. It is said to have been founded during the Tenpyo period (729 to 749) by the priest Gyoki. Two-meter straw sandals are presented at the Niomon Gate. Passing through the gate and climbing the 108 stone steps, visitors find a main hall which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. There are also a three-tier pagoda, a founder’s hall, and a Fudo hall. The temple is famous as a cherry blossom spot, and in season the blossoms are lit-up in the evening so visitors can enjoy the fantastic scene.


Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nishikubochou 29-27 (Fukuyama / OnomichiArea)

phone 0848370321

[Worship times] 9:00-16:30
* Admission fee may not be available depending on the event.

Review of Saikokuji Temple

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Reviewed:2016/11/10 Lovely Temple
Only a few other people were visiting this temple the day we went, presumably because its some distance from Onomichi Eki. But either walk or grab a bus down to Saikokuji bus stop and climb the...
Reviewed:2016/05/03 gorgeous temple in a great location. Beautiful with the blossoms
We walked up there on our 25 temple walk day and it was worth the exercise. The interesting twisted vines on the trellis in the yard and then the pagoda above. We took loads of photos but didnt...
Reviewed:2016/04/11 The most beautiful temple in Onomichi
After walking many hours around town, we finished our day walking the stairs to this beautiful temple and I was very surprised, its very special, peaceful and has amazing views. Really enjoyed this...

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Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Nishikubochou 29-27 [map]
Fukuyama / OnomichiArea
[Worship times] 9:00-16:30
* Admission fee may not be available depending on the event.
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] 500yen (with tea and sweets)
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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