Daishoin Temple

Daishoin Temple, Hatsukaichi

Daishoin Temple
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Quezon City, Philippines583 contributions
Nov 2019
This temple on a hill in Miyajima was so serene and beautiful. Hundreds of small statues lined the path going up and when we visited, the statues all had colorful knitted bonnets. So attractive! Up in the shrine, there were several smaller temples which one could view, as well as a store where one can buy prayer offerings and souvenirs.
The view from the top was very nice.
Written February 11, 2020
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Barcelona, Spain664 contributions
Aug 2019
Most people come to visit the famous torii and doesn't have time to visit other parats of the island. Daishoin Temple is one of the most impressive temples I visited in Japan. It is located in the forest and it has lots of halls and small temples, mixed with the trees and small creeks. There's also an awesome lamp room. And during the whole temple and trails you'll see lots of small buddha statues.
Written May 18, 2020
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PEili K
Singapore, Singapore1,686 contributions
Feb 2020
It was so happy seeing this statues lining up with cute little knitted bonnets on each and everyone of them. You will feel happy just walking pass each of them. The view was actually from the top but you need to get pass 1 of the small temple which led to a small staircase to head down.
Written March 1, 2020
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Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,751 contributions
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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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,958 contributions
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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Houston, TX6,193 contributions
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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Vermont6,741 contributions
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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Roger W
Siebnen, Switzerland1,193 contributions
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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Singapore, Singapore3,457 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We missed this in our last Sept trip so decided to come this time.
Add this to another must-see if you go to Miyajima island. This temple is on the walking loop of Miyajima and much quieter than the main shrines/temples nearer the waterfront/promenade. You can reach this temple through the beautiful Momijidani Park or go the more direct route past Itsukashima Shrine (from behind).
Though less crowded here but does not mean it is any less famous.. Daisho-in temple complex is spreaded over areas on a slope of the mountain, with beautiful structures and on different levels. The Temple is actually made of multiple smaller ones on various levels up the hillside.
Arriving at the entrance the Niomon gate which is the main entry to the temple one will see the two Nio guardians (The guardians are there to ward off evil). This gate was particularly beautiful because the statues weren’t enclosed behind a usual housing (quite unique!). The temple is lovely and peaceful but it is a steep climb up quite a lot of steps. Do take a copy of the good English pamphlet explaining what each of the buildings and information about them. There is also the Mani Prayer Wheels; the prayer wheel sits on a spindle enabling it to turn when rotated by hand. Spinning the wheels at Daisho-in is said to accrue blessings, we tried!! Some interesting sights include the small Buddah statues being dressed in red-knitting, cave/cavity that has many lanterns on the roof, and a descending step path lined with many stone statues etc. We did not hike all the way up but stop short in between. But that's enough to get us well mesmerized!
We visited at a time when the weather was good (cool-April) not too crowded weekday, thus abled to take some very Interesting photos.
Do drop by and experience a great trip here!
Written May 14, 2018
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands34 contributions
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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