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Jodoji Temple浄土寺

Historical Temple Walk During the prosperous days of Onomichi as a port town, there were 81 temples. Now, there are 25 historically important temples. You can visit these temples by following the course paved with stone tiles.

It is believed that the founder of Onomichi's Jodoji Temple is Prince Shotoku, who lived more than 1400 years ago and credited for the first Japanese code of laws. This temple is also famous for its connection with the Shogun Takauji Ashikaga, who is said to have worshipped here.

Jodoji Temple is called a treasure house of Cultural Properties. Its main hall and two-storied pagoda are designated as National Treasures, and its gate and the Amida hall as Important Cultural Properties.

Tel
0848-37-2361
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
20-28, Higashi Kubo-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-0043 JAPAN

Saikokuji Temple西國寺

Historical Temple Walk

It is believed that Onomichi's Saikokuji Temple was built by the priest Gyoki around 739.Go through the Deva Gate, the one with the hanging, two meter long, giant straw sandals and climb up the long flight of stone steps; you will then reach the Main Hall, an Important Cultural Property.

Another flight of stone steps will take you to a three-storied, red pagoda standing among the green leaves of pine trees. This pagoda was also designated as an Important Cultural Property.

Tel
0848-37-0321
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
29-27, Nishi Kubo-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-0044 JAPAN

Senkoji Temple千光寺

Historical Temple Walk

Legend has it that Onomichi's Senkoji Temple was established in the first year of the reign of emperor Daido, in 806. The vermilion-lacquered main hall is referred to as the Red Hall, and it has become a landmark symbolizing Onomichi. The same is true for the Kyo-onro (“Amazing Sound Tower”) which is famous for its bell that is rung just before midnight on New Year's Eve.

The sound of the Kyo-onro's bell was designated as one of “Japan's 100 soundscapes we need to preserve” in 1996.

Tel
0848-23-2310
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
15-1, Higashi Tsuchido-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-0033 JAPAN

Tenneiji Temple天寧寺

Historical Temple Walk

Built in the 6th year of Emperor Jochi's reign (1367) by Yoshiakira Ashikaga, Onomichi's Tenneiji Temple is famous for its three-storied pagoda (Kaiunto), which was designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

Tel
0848-22-2078
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
17-29, Higashi Tsuchido-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-0033 JAPAN

Jikoji Temple持光寺

Historical Temple Walk

The impressive stone gate is worthy of Onomichi’s nickname “Stone Town”. Jikoji Temple is home to a National Treasure, the “Kenpon Chakushoku Fugen Enmyo Zo” (絹本着色普賢延命像 or literally, painting on silk canvas of the bodhisattva Fugen Enmyo), which is Japan's oldest representation of the 20-armed Fugen Enmyo, said to protect from injuries and prolong one's lifespan.

Tel
0848-23-2411
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
9-2, Nishi Tsuchido-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-0032 JAPAN

Innoshima Suigun Castle因島水軍城

Innoshima was home to the Murakami Suigun (a word that means “navy”, “pirates” or “privateers”) that were active across the Seto inland sea between the Muromachi and Sengoku eras.

The Murakami Suigun Castle displays many weapons, armors, ancient documents, etc. that were left by the Murakami Suigun.

Tel
0845-24-0936
Opening Hours
9:30-17:00
Closed
Thursday and 12/29-12/31
Address
3228-2, Innoshima Nakanosho-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-2211 JAPAN

Kosanji Temple and Museum耕三寺・耕三寺博物館


Kosanji Temple was founded by Koso Kosanji in 1936 (Showa 11), after he entered the priesthood to ensure his late mother's rebirth into the Buddhist paradise. This temple is located in the Setoda area of Onomichi, and it is associated with the Jodo Shinshu sect, Honganji division, of Buddhism. It took more than 30 years to construct, with many of the various structures being modeled on some of Japan's finest architectural monuments representative of the Asuka, Nara, Heian, Kamakura and Edo eras.

Pass through the outer gate, a replica of the Shinshinden Gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, to the Chumon Gate, fashioned after the Romon Gate of Horyuji Temple in Nara. Upon viewing the 500 statues of Buddhist saints in the Rakando Hall, built in the architectural style of the Momoyama era, one continues to the splendid Raihaido Hall. The most breathtaking works by far are the Koyo Gate, a reproduction of the Yomeimon Gate at Nikko Shrine, and the art pieces exhibited in the New Treasure House. The temple grounds span approximately 50,000 square meters.

Each season brings novelty to the gardens and surroundings of Kosanji Temple, filling it with evanescent beauty and harmony. It is indeed reminiscent of the Jodo sect paradise.

Tel
0845-27-0800
Opening Hours
Open all year 9:00-17:00
Address
553-2, Setoda, Setoda-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-2411 JAPAN

Kojoji Temple's Three-Storied Pagoda向上寺(三重塔)

Overlooking Setoda Port on Mt. Cho-onzan stands an exquisite, red-lacquered three-storied pagoda. Kojoji Temple was built in the beginning of the Muromachi era, with the main temple being constructed in 1403 (Oei 11) and the pagoda erected in 1432 (Eikyo 4).

The carvings on the wooden eaves and the jointed beams combine to form a beautiful building. The use of unusual architectural techniques and most especially the inverted lotus flowers decorating the squared-off central pillars that support each of the pagoda's stories create a fascinating overall structure.

Tel
Setoda Tourist Information Center
0845-27-0051
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
57, Setoda, Setoda-cho, Onomichi-city, Hiroshima
722-2411 JAPAN

Oyamazumi Shrine大山祇神社


The shrine is dedicated to the services for Oyamazumi no Okami God, brother of the Amaterasu Omikami god.

The guardian deity for marine safety has been respected as the Japanese tutelary deity since ancient times keeping safe the whole national costal land of Japan.

100 huge Japanese cinnamon trees densely encloses the shrine ground.

The main and worship hall, and Hokyo Into have been designated as national important cultural assets.

The Treasury Museum situated next to the shrine stores a great number of important cultural assets including some national treasures.

Tel
0897-82-0032
Opening Hours
Open all year 8:30-17:00
(Admission until 16:30 to Treasury Museum)
Address
3327, Miyaura, Omishima-cho, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-1304 JAPAN

Imabari Castle今治城

Takatora and Imabari Castle Todo Takatora, famous as amaster building of castles, at the same time as the streets were realigned.

He allegedly named this area Imabari, declaring that he would launch the governing of the area from that point in time.

Imabari Castle, completed in September 1604, is a unique castle, standing on flat coastal land in Japan, irrigated by sea water into triple moats.

The present castle tower, restored in October 1980 has become as sightseeing and cultural symbol of the area.

Tel
0898-31-9233
Opening Hours
9:00-17:00
Closed
12/29-12/31
Address
3-1-3, Tori-cho, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-0036 JAPAN

Enmeiji Temple《Pilgrim's Journey》延命寺

The 88 temples of Shikoku (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi)

This Buddhist temple is known as the 54th check point in the Shikoku Sacred Temple.

One interesting feature of this temple is a bell cast in 1704 and named as Jiro Chikami.

On the circumference of the bell, which has been designated as a tangible cultural assent of Imabari City, the complete history of the temple is engraved.

Once a year, on the New Year’s Eve, the bell rings out over the surrounding area.

Tel
0898-22-5696
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
636, Agata-kou, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-0081 JAPAN

Nankobo Temple《Pilgrim's Journey》南光坊

The 88 temples of Shikoku (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi)

This temple is known as the 55th check point in the Shikoku Sacred Temple.

It was originally built as a separated branch of the Oyamazumi Shrine inOmishima.

That’s why, among the 88 check point of the Sacred Temple, the name of this temple is the only one with a sound of “bo” at the end of its name.

The temple is located in the city center and many residents go there to worship.

Tel
0898-22-2916
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
3-1, Bekku-cho, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-0026 JAPAN

Taisanji Temple《Pilgrim's Journey》泰山寺

The 88 temples of Shikoku (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi)

This temple is known as the 56th check point in the Shikoku Sacred Temple.

A legend exists in the temple; a monk Kobodaishi visited this area a long time ago.

He built a bank in Soja River to stop flooding. This work was seen as a great benefit to save the people’s lives.

Must-see sights are the lovely stone wall built around the temple, and the Jizo(children’s guardian) wheel representing the transmigration in the six worlds.

Tel
0898-22-5959
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
1-9-18, Koizumi, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-0064 JAPAN

Eifukuji Temple《Pilgrim's Journey》栄福寺

The 88 temples of Shikoku (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi)

This temple is known as the 57th check point in the Shikoku Sacred Temple.

It is said that, when a monk Kobodaishi grieved over marine dangers on the SetoInland Sea, and prayed for calmness and peace, the Amitabha Tathagata Buddha appeared on the sea.

The monk then allegedly built this temple to keep the principal image of Amitabha Buddha.

Praying Jizo(children’s guardian)welcome visitors at the gateway.

Tel
0898-55-2432
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
200, Yawata-kou, Tamagawa-cho, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-0114 JAPAN

Senyuji Temple《Pilgrim's Journey》仙遊寺

The 88 temples of Shikoku (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi)

This temple is known as the 58th check point in the Shikoku Sacred Temple.

The faith healing water of monk Kobodaishi is situated along a passageway to the temple.

The water allegedly relived many village residents from disease along time ago.

The premises are known as providing an exquisite view of Imabari City and islands in the Seto inland Sea.

Tel
0898-55-2141
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
483, Bessho-kou, Tamagawa-cho, Imabari-city, Ehime
794-0113 JAPAN

Kokubunji Temple《Pilgrim's Journey》国分寺

The 88 temples of Shikoku (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi)

This temple is known as the 59th check point in the Shikoku Sacred Temple.

It is one of the Kokubunji temple built in 741 all over Japan by royal command of Emperor Shomu.

Destruction by fire and redevelopment happens repeatedly.

The present main hall was built in 1789.

Displayed in the library are treasures owned by the temple, such as a series of three ancient Kokubunji temple documents.

Tel
0898-48-0533
Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
4-1-33, Kokubu, Imabari-city, Ehime
799-1533 JAPAN

Shounji Temple祥雲寺 観音堂

About 540 year ago, this single-storied Chinese style temple was built by a Hida Architect named Fujiwara Shigeyasu.

This important cultural property is thought to be a temple that was constructed from the same period as the Kinkakuji Temple and Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto.

Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
3019, Iwagi Seibu, Kamijima-cho, Ochi-gun, Ehime
794-2410 JAPAN

Kamei Hachiman Shrine "Houkyou-intou"亀居八幡神社(宝篋印塔)

One of the important cultural properties designated by Japan. It is in the ground of Kameiyahata shrine and it is a stone tower of granite, about 2.5m high.

It's form and technique have a feature of memorial tower of the latter of Kamakura age.

Opening Hours
Open all year
Address
Uoshima, Kamijima-cho, Ochi-gun, Ehime
794-2500 JAPAN

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