Daishoin Temple
Daishoin Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth The Long Climb
    This buddhist temple is a bit of a climb up from the village area on Miyajima island. It's on the local map, but a bit out of the way, up some boring streets before the climb up. The path takes you through a garden with 500 small buddha statues. At the temple itself there are various buildings, statues, gardens, shops, and toilets. It's definitely worth the climb, and affords great views back down the hill to the rest of the town.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Daishoin Temple
    It's a short walk from the town center and that apparently scares most people away from this hidden gem. A very atmospheric temple surrounded by woods with so many things to see. One of the highlights was the walk with the small statues. I think this is one of my favourite temples.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 10, 2023
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice temple
    We didn’t mean to visit this temple but took a wrong turn on the hike up Mount Misen. It’s very serene with the sound of running water and surrounded by forest. The small statues and carvings are fascinating - there is so much to see. Well worth the steps and short walk from the town.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2024
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,001 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
Many people come to Miyajima to visit Itsukushima Shrine. But actually there are many other sightseeing spots in Miyajima. Daishoji is one of them, and I strongly recommend you to visit, if you don’t mind climbing stairs. It is a big temple at mountainside and around the main building there are many small halls. It is quite hard to get there, but I am sure it is worth. In the premises, the air is refreshing.
Written August 20, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I've been to Miyajima a handful of times now and make an effort to visit Daishoin Temple every time. This temple ranks in my top 3 favorites throughout all of Japan. Be warned, there are quite a few stairs to walk up when first entering the temple. Once in the complex, the shrines and scenery will blow you away, it's absolutely beautiful. I love the statues scattered throughout the complex, many are funny and cute while others are more serious. Toward the back of the temple is a room with lanterns that is my favorite. It's so beautiful how the temple is laid out with the mountains in the background. This to me feels like real Japan and I highly recommend visiting.
Written February 16, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Yes, I knew the main attraction in Miyajima was the Itsukushima Shrine and Torii Gate (as of December 28, it is under renovation and covered in scaffold). However, don't miss the short walk to Daishoin Temple. And try to look for the side path which takes you up the hill with little buddha statues along the path.

I've visited many temples in Japan but this one is quite unique. It is on a hill so you have good vantage points and the landscaping is beautiful. Also, it is VERY well maintained.

Don't write this off as another temple! It is well worth a visit!
Written January 10, 2020
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This buddhist temple is a bit of a climb up from the village area on Miyajima island. It's on the local map, but a bit out of the way, up some boring streets before the climb up. The path takes you through a garden with 500 small buddha statues. At the temple itself there are various buildings, statues, gardens, shops, and toilets. It's definitely worth the climb, and affords great views back down the hill to the rest of the town.
Written September 28, 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
It's a short walk from the town center and that apparently scares most people away from this hidden gem. A very atmospheric temple surrounded by woods with so many things to see. One of the highlights was the walk with the small statues. I think this is one of my favourite temples.
Written November 11, 2023
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We didn’t mean to visit this temple but took a wrong turn on the hike up Mount Misen. It’s very serene with the sound of running water and surrounded by forest. The small statues and carvings are fascinating - there is so much to see. Well worth the steps and short walk from the town.
Written March 26, 2024
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We love this temple. We have visited it thrice and plan to return during koyo season this year.

Enter at the bottom of the hill through the gate with the over-sized carved guardian Nio statues. Spin the prayer wheels lined up in the center of the long flight of steps to the temple grounds.

Visit the shrines at the various levels. All are very peaceful. Arrive early in the morning and you can have the place almost to yourself.

Stroll amongst the gardens and grounds. You will find yourself surrounded by many, many statues of all sizes - some along the walkways, some under trees, some lining the steps in the gardens, Buddhas, Rakan, Jizo Botsatsus, wearing knitted caps, turtles, frogs, critters… Every statue probably has a story to tell.

Stay in the compound for any length of time, and there is the possibility of encountering a ceremony somewhere. In addition to hearing the bell ring, as Caryn N mentions, we were lucky enough to arrive at one of the temples just as a ritual ceremony was beginning - the priest chanted and beat a drum loudly and often, the small congregation was transfixed - the ceremony lasted maybe only fifteen minutes and then everyone quietly and quickly dispersed and we had the place to ourselves again.

After you visit the large temple on the right of the main courtyard walk around the veranda and find the staircase to the lower level. Although it may be difficult to spot this entrance, do look for the stairs and do go down. You will find yourself in a completely black space - stand still until you begin to adjust to the darkness but you never will be able to see in the blackness. Feel your way around the space by holding your right hand against the wall. As you circumambulate, small statues carved in stone and set behind glass just about at eye level will become illuminated. Each one stays dimly lit until you pass and then darkens and the next one illuminates. It is absolutely silent and black and peaceful.

Find the Henjyokutsu Cave towards the back of the complex with its underground room with representations of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage. Apparently one can receive the same blessing here as bestowed on those who make the entire pilgrimage. We were only able to visit a few of the 88 temples, so were blessed more here. The lanterns on the ceiling provide light, but give your eyes some time to adjust to this darkness. The cave is full of Buddha statues, most covered with good luck talismans and ropes of origami cranes.

Be sure to walk up to the top and visit all the shrines. From on high there are excellent views.

A wonderful temple, do not miss it.
Written September 7, 2014
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Maximilian
Hong Kong, China1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Daisho-in Temple is a truly remarkable and spiritual destination. The peaceful atmosphere and beautifully maintained grounds provide a tranquil retreat for visitors. The temple's rich history and traditional architecture offer a glimpse into Japan's cultural heritage. Whether you are seeking a place for contemplation or simply wish to explore the unique beauty of this sacred site, Daisho-in Temple is a must-visit. The experience is sure to leave a lasting impression. Highly recommended!
Written May 15, 2023
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o1b4t
Amsterdam, The Netherlands37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of the best temple we visited during our 3-week trip in Japan.
There are dozen of gorgeous to visit. Everything is in the nature.
Written December 1, 2019
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Roger W
Siebnen, Switzerland1,708 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
If you are visiting Miyajima-Island and don’t go to Daishoin Temple you sure misst something. He is about 10 minutes from Itsukushima Shrine away. He has many different things to see and he is really amazing. One of my favorites temple in whole Japan!
Written June 2, 2019
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