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Daishoin Temple, Hatsukaichi

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
Part of a World Heritage Site on holy Mount Misen, Daishoin Temple commands reverence as one of the most prestigious temple complexes in West Japan. Nested at the foot of a thickly forested mountain on Itsukushima Island, the location offers panoramic views of the bay. One of the oldest temples in Itsukushima, the head shrine of Shingon Buddhism has been important since the ninth century. Ring the bell the run a gauntlet of 500 statues, which depict disciples with knitted red and white caps, each of whom has a peculiar facial expression. You can also see Henjokutsu, lit with hundreds of lanterns, and a reposing statue of Shaka Buddha entering nirvana. Put Daishoin Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hatsukaichi itinerary builder.
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  • A beautiful temple, really worth the visit. Ideally, if you are fit and have some time, take the cable car up the mountain and then hike the mountain down taking the path to this beautiful temple near...  read more »
  • Please walk to this temple and spend some time exploring it and understanding its story. We thought it might be our favourite temple in Japan. There won't be crowds here! If stairs are a big problem, ...  read more »
  • We have seen a lot of temples in Japan but I really liked that there. Perched in the mountains, with plenty of statues everywhere, the small bridge leading to it and the small stream nearby. Not really this place is exceptional.
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