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Heisenji Temple Hakusan Shrine (平泉寺白山神社)

A temple in Heisenji-cho, Katsuyama City. It was founded in 717 CE as a location to worship the holy mountain, Mt. Hakusan. By the time of the warring states period it had swelled into a massive holy city housing 8000 monks. Though prosperous the monastery was then destroyed during the Ikko-Ikki Jodo Shinshu Buddhist uprising. Remnants of the massive temple grounds still remain and the area has been designated a national historic site called the Old Temple Grounds of the Hakusan Heisenji Temple. It is also called the Kokedera or Moss Temple because of the beautiful scenery of the grounds completely covered in moss.


Fukui Katsuyama-shi Heisenjicho Heisenji 56-63 (Fukui / Katsuyama / AwaraArea)

phone 0779881591

Sunday out-Sunset

Review of Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/02/18 Beautiful and secluded
Beautiful secluded and most zen shrine in the whole of japan. When I visited literally nobody was there which made it more beautiful.
Reviewed:2018/08/26 Calm amidst beauty of nature
Went here with a Japanese speaker. Met a few people who enjoyed sharing their knowledge with us. Wouldnt have been able to do that without her help. Even if you do not know Japanese this is a...
Reviewed:2017/09/18 beautiful and sacred environment
Hakusan (literally, the white mountain in Japanese) is a ~2700 m tall mountain extending between Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui and Gifu prefectures. It has been a sacred mountain for many in the area...

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Fukui Katsuyama-shi Heisenjicho Heisenji 56-63 [map]
Fukui / Katsuyama / AwaraArea
Sunday out-Sunset
open everyday
* There is snow in winter
[Worship fee] Free
[Garden] 50yen
Parking Lot
Available (Municipal parking lot/Fee)
Credit Card
Not available
Not available
Not available
English Menu
Not available (Available for Mahoroba)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Not possible (with stairs, with back farm road)
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Fukui Areas


          Northeast of Kyoto, the ancient Tojinbo Cliffs separate Fukui prefecture from the Sea of Japan in a stretch of land well worth exploring. Water sports and seaside delicacies are available in abundance as the spectacular rugged coastline flattens down into beaches to the west of the prefecture, while inland, Fukui is home to Zen Buddhist temples and historic ruins.