Shrines & Temples

Shrines & Temples

The most famous shrine in Hiroshima is the Itsukushima shrine, and some other shrines, temples and a Five-storied Pagoda are also around there. There are some old shrines and temples in countryside of Hiroshima and some had been built by the daimyo in medieval times. When visiting the famous temples in autumn, - for example, the Buttsuji Temple in Mihara-city and the Senkoji Temple which is famous on pilgrimage route in Onomichi-city, you may enjoy the view of colored leaves.

Walking around Senko-ji and old temples
Walking around Senko-ji and old temples

In Onomich, visiting various old temples is one of the pleasures for tourists. Among them, Senko-ji is one of the main places of pilgrimage to famous old temples, and most visitors to Onomichi come here. The temple is said to have been founded in 806. The vermillion-lacquered main hall is also called the Red Hall and, together with the bell to...

Koriyakushi temple
Koriyakushi temple

Officially named Koriyakushi-fukumitsuji-temple, and reported that Kobo-Daishi built at the Heian era. Some statues like Honzon-yakushi-nyorai, Nikko, Gekko bosatsu, a total of 12 bodies of statues, are designated as an important cultural property. The huge Japanese cypress proud of its age of 1000 years is planted near the gate in the propert...

Jinguji-temple
Jinguji-temple

Jinguji-temple is located at Kurihara-cho south of the city, called with the different name of "Ajisai-dera"(hydrangea's temple). Roughly 3000 plants of 80 kinds of hydrangea are blooming in a hectare of the property. Every year, Ajisai festival takes place from early June to late June. "Fuchu Folk Museum" in the property is exhibiting over 10...

Tenneiji Temple
Tenneiji Temple

This temple was built by Yoshiakira Ashikaga, the second shogun in the Muromachi Period, in 1367 (Joji 6) and founded by Fumyo Kokushi. It has a pagoda called Kaiun Pagoda, an important cultural property, and a group of 500 arhats line the Rakan Hall on the left side of the main hall. Weeping cherry blossoms in the beginning of April and peoni...

Kosanji Temple
Kosanji Temple

Kosan Wajo of Kosanji Temple became a Buddhist priest after the death of his mother, and the temple belonging to the Honganji sect of the Jodo Shinshu sect was built as a memorial to her. Various pagodas that had been built over more than 30 years since 1936 were reproduced with representative styles and methods of Buddhist architecture from t...

Abuto-kannon Temple (Bandaiji-temple)
Abuto-kannon Temple (Bandaiji-temple)

The lacquer-coated Kannon-do temple, amazingly blending in with shining clear ocean and the rough rock surface is well known as the fantastic scenery within Setonaikai Sea. Built by Mouri Terumoto and designated as the national important properties. In addition, it has long been well known for the temple for the prayer of the easy delivery, an...

Senkoji Temple
Senkoji Temple

The temple is said to have been founded in 806, the first year of the Daido era. The vermillion-lacquered main hall is also called the Red Hall and, together with the bell tower famous for chimes on New Year's Eve, is a symbol of Onomichi. The big rock beside the main hall, Tama no Iwa, is said to have been a landmark for voyages due to a shin...

Buttsuji Temple
Buttsuji Temple

In 1937, Kobayakawa Haruhira constructed this temple, inviting a Buddhism master Guchu Shukyu who received special Buddhism training in China. He opened this mountain against five big temple mountains in Kyoto. It is the only great headquarter within West Japan. It has been known as one of the best Zen schools, and many people, from corporatio...

Tahoto Pagoda
Tahoto Pagoda

The Japanese-style structure was built in 1523. It is called the Two-story Pagoda and is 15.6 meters high. The pagoda is differently shaped between its upper and lower sections. The lower section is square-shaped and the upper section is circular. Their combination implies the painstaking method of construction....

Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine

This shrine is among the best in Japan with the superb architectural beauty of its bold and unique structure centered on the sea built in the elegant Shinden Zukuri architectural style. The shrine was built in its current form by Kiyomori Taira in the 12th century. The contrast with the greenery in the background is extraordinarily beautiful. ...

Five-storied Pagoda
Five-storied Pagoda

This pagoda is 27 meters high and is said to have been built in the 15th century. It is based on a Chinese design skillfully mixed with Japanese style. The upper part of the inside column has gold-painted decorative drawings, and the inner wall has brilliantly-colored Buddhist paintings.>...

Daishoin Temple
Daishoin Temple

This temple is located just behind Itsukushima Shrine at the foot of Mt. Misen and is the head temple of the Omuro sect of the Shingon Buddhist sect. As the head, it used to manage festivals of the shrine. The temple is the center of Buddhism on Miyajima Island and manages the ruins where Kobo Daishi on Mt. Misen mastered the secret process of...

Daiganji Temple
Daiganji Temple

This old temple is said to have been founded by Ryokai, a Buddhist monk who belonged to the Mt. Koya sect of the Shingon sect, and was in charge of repairing and building Itsukushima Shrine. It contains many important cultural properties and archives. In addition, a Sarasvati is enshrined in the temple and is known to be one of the three major...

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