This temple located on an island of Onomichi city is also a museum of Buddhist architectures, which were modeled after many of most renowned temple buildings in Japan. You will be ushered in under a replica gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, go through a Romon Gate of Horyuji Temple in Nara and utter a gasp of awe at an imposing Yomeimon Gate in Nikko.
The main hall is copied from that of Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, the five-story pagoda from Muroji Temple to the south of Nara, and the two-story pagoda from Ishiyama Temple from Otsu. You will also find symbolic structures similar to Byodoin's Phoenix Hall and Gingakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion). The 5-hectare grounds also host a modern marble garden, Miraishin-no-oka ('hill of hope'), on the hill. The founder is a successful businessman who became a priest in 1930s and spent 30 years to complete this temple wonderland.
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4.0a month ago
Loved the Italian marble Hill of Hope! Fusion art of Italian marble architecture and Japanese traditional temple building.
5.0a month ago
Amazing Shrine, and hour is not near enough time.
4.0a year ago
What it lacks in history (and perhaps authenticity, given that it's a businessman's pet project) it makes up for in its variety and aesthetic. Beautiful views, grand architecture (the underground "hells" especially) and modern detail make it well worth a visit. Especially recommended if you've been around Japan and feel like you never need to see another temple - this one is something a bit different.
4.08 months ago
Other than the temple, there is an additional sightseeing spot up to the hill, heart of spirits. I like it.
5.02 years ago
Kinda expensive to get in, but the old house to the left after you enter (and possibly up the first set of stairs) is worth the tour. The guides have an English version of facts and are very friendly. Also, be sure to go to the very, very top. You'll see an elevator somewhere. You can use the stairs or the lift. Follow the path to the top and there's a garden of marble and at the very top, it's a marble mountain land. Worth checking out!
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The Nishiseto Expressway, commonly known as the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, links Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, with Imabari, Ehime Prefecture. It's a 60 kilometer-long highway exclusively for automobiles that links the i...
The Nishiseto Expressway, commonly known as the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, links Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, with Imabari, Ehime Prefecture. It's a 60 kilometer-long highway exclusively for automobiles that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges.
Each bridge consists of a road way and a pedestrian walkway. That enables people to enjoy the sea breeze as they walk or cycle across the bridge.
The area along the Shimanami Kaido linked by bridges is blessed by the temperate climate of the Seto Inland Sea. There is much to delight visitors, including the loveliness of nature on the islands, sites of history and culture.
You can enjoy beautiful sea in a relax manner.