Hogenji Temple (鳳源寺)
This Buddhist temple was founded in 1633 as the family temple of the Asano clan by Asano Nagaharu, the third lord of the clan. The temple’s grounds adjoin Ozekiyama Park and are dotted with cultural properties tied to the famed 47 ronin. An impressive weeping cherry on the grounds is said to have been planted by Oishi Kuranosuke, chamberlain of Ako Domain, when he visited the area on the occasion of Asano Nagaharu’s daughter Agurihime marriage to Asano Takuminokami, the man whose forced suicide instigated the events of the 47 ronin. The majestic tree stands 30-meters-tall and the temple’s grounds are one of the city’s leading cherry blossom-viewing destinations; the weeping cherry on the grounds of the Dairakuji Temple is also said to have been planted from one of this tree’s buds. Some of the temple’s many other highlights include the Gishido temple, which enshrines wooden statues of the 47 ronin; and a stone spire under which is buried the hair of Agurihime.
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Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
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- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
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.