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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4.03 months ago
1400¥ entrance fee for 1 adult.
At first, I thought it was too expensive hesitating if I should go or not.
But the 1400yen worth it!
The hill of hope is nice, it's like being in Mediterranean area like Greece.
And the cave is just AMAZING.
5.07 months ago
Truly worth the entry fee. A brilliant religious precinct with so much to enjoy. Don’t forget the somewhat random yet peaceful Mediterranean area. Visited mid-November and the kōyō were in full swing!
4.04 months ago
Kousanji temple is the Taj Mahal of the Shimanami Kaido. It was built in the 1930s by an Osaka Industrialist Kozo Kosanji in honor of his mother.
It might also be described as a Buddhist Disneyland, with several of its grand structures replicas of some of Japan’s most famous historic buildings. The whole complex is very impressive and, although admission is expensive at ¥1400, it does include admission to Murao-no-Isshin Hill of Hope marble sculpture area above.
1.07 months ago
It's not a real temple, it calls itself a museum. I call it the Buddhism Theme Park. Most structures are scaled replicas of some famous temples. Go find a real temple.
5.08 months ago
Fun & funky colorful temple & shrine attraction worth visiting if in the area.
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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.