Kuon-ji Temple

Kuon-ji Temple, Minobu-cho

Kuon-ji Temple
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Scenic Walking Areas
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
5:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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Jonathan M
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Jul 2020
There is a lot of history here and participating in morning prayer (5:30AM) whether you follow the faith or not provides for a relaxing and unique introspective experience. The ropeway to Mt Minobu can also be accessed from the back of the grounds.
Written July 26, 2020
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,131 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Minobusan is known as a sacred place of the Nichiren Buddhist sect where their head temple Kuonji is situated. Nichiren was born in Amatsu-kominato at the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula (Chiba Prefecture). He was convinced that the only way for mankind to achieve peace was to follow the teachings of the Lotus Sutra (Hokkekyou) and started preaching in Kamakura, the then military capital of Japan in the middle of the 13th century. He called for the abandonment of the teachings of the Joudo sect as well as the zen sects for which he was persecuted by the Joudo sect as well as the zen sects revered by the Kamakura military government. He was exiled to Sado Island and on his return invited to Minobusan to teach and pray for peace in 1274, just before the first Mongolian invasion. Kuonji was founded in 1281 at a site to the west and lower level of the present temple grounds and relocated to the current site in the 15th century. We parked at the car park beside the temple grounds, and entered the main temple grounds. We first took a peek of the steep 287 stairs from the Sanmon gate at the lower level which was the proper route to the temple ground level. We entered the main temple (Hondou) which is linked to the Soshi-dou. The current Hondou was completed in 1985 after 110 years since it was lost in the fire of 1875. The Soshi-dou which is dedicated to the founder Nichiren was rebuilt much earlier in 1881. It was the first day of Reiwa under the new Emperor and a special prayer was being given in the Soshi-dou when we arrived. I took a moment to browse the grounds and marvel at the five-story pagoda lost in the fire of 1875 and rebuilt after 133 years in 2008. I was quite impressed by the grandness of the temple buildings of the Nichiren sect’s head temple.
Written June 6, 2019
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VinnyP1
London, UK408 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We loved this temple. We found it almost by accident. On the day we visited it was busy with hundreds of Buddhist students having graduation photos taken. But after they left it was quiet and peaceful.
Its a working temple but everyone is incredibly friendly. We bumped into the head monk who took pity on our lack of Japanese and explained many things to us.
There is a ropeway Aka cable car to the summit where you get spectacular 360 views including of course Mount Fuji if you are lucky.
There is also a cafe up there with OK food but an amazing view.
Highly recommended for a good couple of hours at least.
Written May 24, 2019
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Helcanen
Brussels, Belgium112 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The visit of the Kuon-ji left me a great memory. Peaceful, traditional, nature, lot of elements that I like to enjoy when I' travel in Japan.
The huge staircase is impressive, and if you are not ready to climb it, you can go through the slope. The temple area is big, so make sure to get enough time for this.
There aresome small pretty gardens, many halls aswel as a five storey pagoda.
I arrived bit late with friends, so we couldn't join the sutra calligraphy session.
The morning ceremony is said to be experienced, so if you get a night in one of the nummerous shukubo, don't hesitate. We didn't have the opportunity to make it, but we will on the next trip!
Written January 16, 2019
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Gal_Anonim_Wawa
Warsaw, Poland47 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Fantastic experience, beautiful buildings, 287 steps to reach the Temple. Must see if you are visiting Minobu
Written August 19, 2018
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Sandy B
219 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Read the reviews before visiting as it's a good hour plus away from are hotel the journey takes you though some scary hair pin bends but was worth every mile.

On approaching the Temple gate to the right we followed the road and parked in the large car park with the parking barriers and public toilets. 500 yen to park pay on exit.
We then used to automatic cable car in the far corner which in manned and was free which then meant we didn't use the steps.
On exiting the car are breath was taken away by the shire beauty of theses magnificent buildings.
No photography is allowed inside any building .
We left are shoes on the mat and climbed the steps into the main Temple absolutely breathtaking we spent a good hour walking from building to building absorbing the spiritual vibration on this beautiful beautiful buildings.
The gardens and pond you can see out of the window with its mountain flowing waterfall .
Fine sculptured topiary trees beautiful Aces trees waiting to take on the autumn colours.
The sheer size of the wooden structure and the aroma of the woods with a mixture of scented Joss stick fills the air.
This is a very tranquil peaceful and uplifting place.
At 5pm they start evening prayers and to hear the chanting while the rain tipples down the roof is a sound which will live on with us . An inner peace with Ines self.
Very spiritual.
We left a message on a prayer plaque.
In the two hours we we've there we saw nobody very very relaxing with Mother Nature.
How they ever built such magnificent building on top of a hill !
We used the cable car to return back to the car park.
Made a trip to Japan compete.
Written October 23, 2017
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TheEggKing
10 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
287 Steps at 5am doesn't sound like a great prospect but it all adds to the sensation you get at the top when the drum is beating and the monks start chanting. The temple complex is very beautiful but if you want the full effect then you should really make it to the early-morning prayers; it's an overwhelming experience.
Written October 11, 2017
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Inta L
Riga, Latvia48 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We could not have imagined that this temple in the mountains will surpass all of our expectations and the sight will be more spectacular than any of the temples in Kyoto.
It is a must,especially in the early morning (prayer at 5:30 am) or late afternoon (prayer around 5 pm). Wonderful,truly impressive procession of monks, breathtaking scenery, vast complex of temples. Indeed highlight of our visit!
Written August 24, 2017
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Andrew N
10 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
Amazing. Gorgeous. Inspiring. Off the beaten path and worth every second. We spent 2 days here and were blown away. The views of Mt. Fuji just added to the experience.
Written November 1, 2016
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zhou526
Muscat, Oman7 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
286 stepps is not easy for babies or old ppl. But the place is awesome. Car Parking is 2km away from the temple during the cherry-blossom season. You can take bus from park lot.
Written March 29, 2016
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