Category: Temples & Shrines

  • Ryotanji Temple and Garden

    Ryotanji Temple and Garden

    The Ryotanji Temple was founded in the year 733 by Gyoki, Bodhisattva. There are many cultural assets here, such as the garden designed by Enshu Kobori, and the sculpture of a dragon carved by Jingoro Hidari. The li family’s Temple is called Munenaga Shino and the grave of Prince Munenaga Shino who died about 500…

  • Visiting Shrines and Temples of the Ashikaga Clan

    Visiting Shrines and Temples of the Ashikaga Clan

    Ashikaga is the home of the Ashikaga clan that became the mainstream of Seiwagensei family. Ashikaga has many shrines and temples with the Ashikaga clan connections. We recommend this course include other traditional sites in the Kamakura era and the Muromachi era ( the 14th c. – the 17th c.). Bannaji Temple Bannaji, a Temple…

  • Toujin Grave Tomb And Kannondo Temple

    Toujin Grave Tomb And Kannondo Temple

    In 1852, a ship crashed into the coast of Ishigaki. This ship was filled with Chinese laborers (Coolies, as they were known at the time) who were brought over by American ships to work in California. While on the ship they were treated like slaves and therefore revolted. They attempted to escape on Ishigaki but,…

  • Keisokuji Temple

    Keisokuji Temple

    Over 1,100 years ago, this temple was opened by Joe Shonin (a Buddhist priest of Todaiji Temple in Nara Pref.). At first, the name was Sesonji Temple (Shakyamuni Temple). During the Tengyo-no-Ran (Tengyo War) (939-940), Hidesato Fujiwara (the head of a powerful family of the Heian period) overthrew Masakado Taira (a general of the Heian…

  • Famous Temples in Fukuroi City (Fukuroi-shi)

    JapanGuides.net Yusanji Temple, one of the 3 distinguished temples of Enshu – A sacred temple having a miraculous effect on eye disease. Located 6 km northeast of Fukuroi Station, Yusanji Temple is an old temple of the Singon Sect that is called “Aburayama” and admired by many people, This temple is said to have originated…

  • Oh-Agata shrine in Miyayama, Inuyama City (Inuyama-shi)

    Oh-Agata shrine in Miyayama, Inuyama City (Inuyama-shi)

    JapanGuides.net The shrine was constructed about 2,000 years ago. The god of marriage and safe child-birth is said to reside in the “Himenomiya” (princess) of the temple precincts. Its unique style and design has been designated as nationally designated Important Cultural Property. This shrine is also famous for its annual March festival. There is also…

  • Momotaro Park, includes the Momotaro Shrine and Festival alongside the Kiso River in Inuyama City (Inuyama-shi)

    JapanGuides.net Momotaro Park was built alongside the Kiso River, blessed with the beautiful landscape of the surrounding area. The park includes the Momotaro Shrine, where a folktale hero, Momotaro, is said to have been born, and the Kurisu Open-Air Playground, which provides camping facilities. Momotaro Shrine Festival is held at the Momotaro Shrine on May…

  • Grand Shrine of Ise (Ise Jingu), Ise City (Ise-shi), Ise-Shima

    JapanGuides.net Grand Shrine of Ise (Ise Jingu) is Japan’s Foremost Shinto Shrine, with its two-thousand year history, is Japan’s most important Shinto shrine and serves as the center of all shrines nationwide. Situated near the banks of the Isuzu River, the shrine is surrounded by 800-year-old Ise Grand Shrine cedars. The smooth pebble-lined approach to…

  • Kuizome Temple, Nasu Town (Nasu-machi)

    JapanGuides.net The name “Kuizome”, or “start to eat”, originates from an old legend that a princess of Kurobane Clan, suffering from a strange disease which coursed her to loose the ability to eat, prayed here and attained recovery. Its garden has Juzuwariishi stones, which are said to have been cut into two by Buddhist Saint…

  • Oiwa Bishamonten (Saishoji Temple), Akutai & Tainagashi no Shiki Festival in Ashikaga City (Ashikaga-shi)

    JapanGuides.net The “Bishamonten” are dedicated to the God of war. Oiwa Bishamonten is one of the three famous Bishamonten in Japan. The other two are located on Kurama mountain in Kyoto Pref. and on Shigi Mountain in Nara Pref. The main hall was rebuilt in 1762(Houreki 12nen) and in 1993 it was widely repaired. The…

  • Orihime Shrine and Orihime Park, Ashikaga City (Ashikaga-shi)

    JapanGuides.net “When you come to Ashikaga, put a mark on the vermilion Orihime Shrine, Karariko-ton-ton, Karariko-ton, Ashikaga is as beautiful a city as a picture, a textile city.” The Orihime Shrine appeared in the Ashikaga Ondo(chorus) like this. Orihime Shrine is Weaving Goddess of Ashikaga. The present shrine was re-built through the funding of the…

  • Zenkoji Temple, Nagano City (Nagano-shi)

    Zenkoji Temple, Nagano City (Nagano-shi)

    JapanGuides.net Zenkoji temple designated national treasure is said to have been built approximately 1,400 years ago. This temple is very well known as the one which bestows paradise upon all the people. Because Zenkoji temple does not belong to any sect of Buddhism. Upon entering the temple at the Nio gate, visitors are confronted by…

  • Atsuta Shrine, Atsuta Jingu Museum (Treasre Hall) in Jingu

    JapanGuides.net Atsuta is deified as it worships the kusanagi (Grass-mowing) Sword. It is one of the three Sacred Treasures of the Imperial Family. The shrine, with an area of 190,000 sq.m. is surrounded by hundreds of trees. Some of them are aged around 1000 years old. Within the precincts of the shrine, there are historical…

  • Tado Festival, Tado Taisha Shrine, Tado-town (Tado-cho), Kuwana District (Kuwana-gun)

    JapanGuides.net Held every year on May 4 and 5, the Tado Shrine Festival features young horseback riders in samurai armor who must jump a horse up and over a three-meter cliff. In this activity of Tado-Taisha Shrine, 6 young horsemen are selected from among the children of the congregation. They dress as warriors and become…