Kuonji Temple (Minobu-san Kuon-ji)4.4
Kuonji Temple, located in Minobu Town, Yamanashi Prefecture, is the head temple of Nichiren-shu Sect Buddhism. It was founded in 1274 by a priest, Nichiren (1222-1282), as his hermitage on Mt. Minobu, and its Dai-Garan (main temple building) was developed later in 1474 by its 11th head priest, Niccho (1422-1500). Entering the precincts through the huge San-mon Temple Gate and climbing the Bodai-tei Flight with 287 stone steps, you can admire a series of magnificent temple buildings. Though the most of them were reconstructed after the Great Fire of Meiji (1875), they still convey their original prestigious appearances. There is an ancient and gigantic weeping cherry tree in front of Soshido (Founder's Memorial Hall) along with one in front of Butsu-den (Worship Hall), both of them are 400 years old, and are admired by people in the cherry blossom season (late March to early April). There is also a forest of ancient Sugi-cedar trees which are said to be planted by Nichiren himself. On the top of Mt. Minobu there is a place where Nichiren is said to climb to look in the direction of his hometown, Minamiboso in the present Chiba Prefecture, remembering his parents back there, and you can enjoy viewing Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay from there.
Purposecherry blossom viewing,History,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Shizuoka Airport (about 69km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a week ago
-This is considered the headquarter of Buddhist Monk training in Japan & so you’ll witness many young Buddhist Monk too which is a very good sight
-There land area is huge & the architecture is beautiful
-There is no entry ticket or any other kind of charges unless you buy anything from inside’s shops
-There is a free big elevator (like a cable cart) to go up the temple area
-There morning prayer can be attended (free) from 05:30 AM to around 07:00 AM
-The experience of attending the prayer is vibrating
5.0a month ago
Absolutely gorgeous temple.
There is many stories written about Kuonji and they are all right. This temple is magnificent, vast and very beautiful. We were lucky and got a tour from one of the volunteer guide, who took us through the entire complex. I can highly recommend coming to Minobu and visiting Kuonji, you will have unforgettable experience.
5.0in the last week
Gorgeous place! Breathtaking views!
5.011 months ago
The ropeway is incredible, you can enjoy an amazing view in the summer and the beautiful snow in the winter. Recommended
5.0a year ago
A Buddhist temple that is the headquarters of the Nichiren sect, a Buddhist sect. The huge temple is built on a mountain, and near this temple you can take a cable car to the summit of Mt. Minobu, which is 1,153 meters high. The temple itself is beautiful, but you should definitely go up on a hill and enjoy an amazing view.