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.

Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens
Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens

The KOHTEI art pavilion is the highlight of this collection of buildings, which includes ancient architecture from the Kamakura Period, a reconstructed teahouse by Sen no Rikyu, and the Shodo temple office building, all connected by the gardens. Visitors are free to walk or rest at their own pace in this art gallery, where the theme is discove...

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 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 peonies at the...

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, blends in with clear waters and rocks of the Seto Inland Sea. Built by Mouri Terumoto and designated as a property of national importance, the Abuto-kannon Temple has long been used to give prayers for safe childbirth and safe voyages....

Senkoji Temple
Senkoji Temple

Senkoji Temple located inside Senkoji Park is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect. According to lore, the temple was built by the famous Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi. The vermillion lacquered main hall is a symbol of Onomichi. There is also an enormous rock called "Tama no Iwa". According to legend, there used to be a gigantic glittering gem ...

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

The name Itsukushima literally means 'island of worship' and from ancient times the island itself was worshipped as a god. The mystical Itsukushima Shrine built on the water was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996. A place where people have long carried out ancient rites, Itsukushima Shrine has become world renowned, attracting visitors...

Five-storied Pagoda
Five-storied Pagoda

This pagoda was built in the 15th century and stands 27m high. It is has a mix of Chinese and Japanese designs. The upper section has gold-painted drawings, and the inner wall has brilliantly-colored Buddhist paintings....

Daishoin Temple
Daishoin Temple

Daishoin Temple is the oldest and most important temple in Miyajima. The famous Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) is said to have built Daishoin Temple when he came to Miyajima to practice asceticism on Mount Misen. The temple houses several Buddhist images including a famous 11-headed Kannon Bosatsu in the Main Hall. It attracts...

Daiganji Temple
Daiganji Temple

This ancient temple is said to have been founded by Ryokai - a Buddhist monk of the Shingon sect who was in charge of maintaining Itsukushima Shrine. It contains many important cultural properties and historic archives. In addition, the statue of the goddess Sarasvati enshrined in the temple is one of the three major Sarasvatis in Japan....

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