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 roughly 500,000 worshippers throughout the year. In autumn, many come to see the Japanese maples in Daishoin.