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Daishoin Temple, Hatsukaichi

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. Arrange your visit to Daishoin Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hatsukaichi using our Hatsukaichi visit planner.
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  • I've been to Miyajima a handful of times now and make an effort to visit Daishoin Temple every time. This temple ranks in my top 3 favorites throughout all of Japan. Be warned, there are quite a few.....  more »
  • Many people come to Miyajima to visit Itsukushima Shrine. But actually there are many other sightseeing spots in Miyajima. Daishoji is one of them, and I strongly recommend you to visit, if you don’t....  more »
  • This place was incredible! A must go! We only had a half hour to explore but I wish we went here first and spent less time at Tori Gate.
  • Absolutely amazing! You can make this a day trip or even stay a few nights to experience the beauties of this mountainous island. The shrine itself has so much history and character, you’ll never want to leave.

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