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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5.04 months ago
Expensive entrance fee (1400 JPY) but worth it in my opinion. Simply the most beautiful temple I’ve seen in Japan. The Buddha cave is great and claims to have around 1000 stone statues (I didn’t count). Finally, the marble hill gives a great view of the surroundings.
5.05 months ago
One of the best shrines I've visited. A bit more expensive (Think it went for around 2500 yen) but totally worth it. It has beautifully coloured houses, a super cool cave and a viewing spot covered in white marble.
4.03 weeks ago
Don’t miss it ! (but yeah it’s expensive 🙁)
After a few trips to Japan, when i heard about Kousanji i told myself “another temple ? 1400¥ !? neah let’s do something else”
Eventually i changed my mind and i’m glad i did.
I’ve seen very few temples in Japan with this kind of colorful atmosphere. It’s a beautiful place.
The sculpture part on top of the hill is a bit more anecdotic to me, but i enjoyed the stroll and the view.
I would pay 1400y to go again but was worth it to me.
4.06 months ago
Temple grounds with plenty of beautifully created buildings, much more colourful than the usual brown wooden cookie-cutter ones across Japan. They also have an ominous underground cave with statues and paintings of the Buddhist concepts of enlightment and hell. Recently, a modern sculpture-themed area opened at the top of a hill connected to the temple grounds. A great place for photos, but the entry fee is absurdly high at 1400 yen. It's probably to help maintain all the different exhibits though.
5.03 months ago
This was a very rare gem ! We're going through the city when something grab the eye !! It was this beautiful and colourful temple !! We step by to take some pictures and pray so it was a very spiritual journey!!
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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.