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Daishoin Temple, Hatsukaichi

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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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  • People come to Miyajima to see the Shinto shrine and Mt. Misen and it would be a shame if they missed this hidden gem! There are several temples in this complex, each with its own treasures of buddhis...  more »
  • This is a beautiful little temple complex adjoining the outskirts of the town of Miyajima. What sets this one apart is the humor and good nature inherent the statuary. I don't understand enough of the...  more »
  • A wonderful system as a whole. Feels in every corner to discover something new and so much Holiness, that you yourself completely to Holy or cured.
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