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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  • August 15, 2017
    Dame Alison rituals as Kobo Daishi and the Itsukushima Shrine Temple, have been responsible, monk is in. It is a history Miyajima shrine. Many sights too amazing or overwhelming but not particularly Shikoku 88 places Buddha is enshrined, mainly caves too terrible! If you go to the Miyajima, Daishoin dropped by a try please. Really perfect!.
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  • August 14, 2017
    On the way I walk. But go and greets many cute jizo. Also please register so could you!
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  • August 12, 2017
    A lot of people on the island but here it fell very well with it. Was the best surprise for us and the best on the island, more than the gate in the water
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Where to stay in Hatsukaichi

With its historic temples and shrines, scenic coastal areas, and wealth of inland trekking potential, Hatsukaichi has a number of accommodations to complement the vast array available in neighboring Hiroshima. Many visitors do decide to stay in the larger city to the east, but if you're particularly set on staying in Hatsukaichi, you won't be disappointed by the choice. Look close to the sea for the more upmarket rooms offering views of the bay, and on some of the narrower side streets for budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels. The same goes for the island just offshore. With its shrine and history, many choose to stay on Itsukushima, close to the Miyajima shrine.
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