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Kosanji Temple

553-2 Setodachosetoda, Onomichi 722-2411, Hiroshima Prefecture
+81 845-27-0800
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Ranked #13 of 30 Attractions in Onomichi
4.0 of 5 stars 30 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I visited on a sunny weekday in late November, taking the train to Mihara and then the ferry.It was very quiet.Alternative access is bus or ferry from Onomichi. The Kosanji complex is large. It is important to get a map you can follow so as not to miss less obvious things eg the cave.I enjoyed all the different features including... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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108 reviews 108 reviews
61 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

this place couldnt have surprised us more - and we are well traveled in Japan. the different atmosphere and style hit us right as we entered but then the place didnt stop surprising us. We almost missed the amazing cave- do not miss it! Its on the right after you surpass the Yomeimon replica. and after that going up to... More 

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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167 reviews 167 reviews
78 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The attraction may say it is in Onomichi but dont be fooled. It is several miles by driving to get there. I think about 15 miles (30km) from onomichi. I am sure the easiest and cheapest way to get here is taking a ferry from Mihara and then hop in a taxi. Dont take a taxi from Onomichi, it would... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I've been living in Japan for 3 years and have seen a fair amount of temples, but the Kosanji temple is definitely in my top 3. A clever and harmonious amalgam of imitations of Japan's most famous temple buildings, strolling the beautiful grounds of the Kosanji is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Keep an eye out for the... More 

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Okinawa, Japan
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72 reviews 72 reviews
59 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Tucked away on an island on Shimanani Kaido, this place offers a multitude of attractions. There is a house of a wealthy owner on display that is one of the most impressive I've seen in Japan, particularly for the five different kinds of wood and the garden views. A genuine cave is located under the temple grounds with murals and... More 

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brisbane, australia
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32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

This temple complex is an unusual one, being built by a guy who was a successful business man and was devoted to his mother. He built the complex in her honour. It is overly ornate but a none-the-less spectacular series of buildings from the gateway the temple, the hall, pagoda and the large buddha statue. The buildings are colorful and... More 

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