Mitaki Temple

Mitaki Temple, Hiroshima

Mitaki Temple
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,701 contributions
Wow, Absolutely Beautiful Area
Aug 2020
A friend of mine mentioned the Mitaki Temple near Hiroshima. I decided to walk here from downtown, only about 4 km or 2 miles. The temple area is pretty easy to find, there is a parking area here as well. I've been in Japan a year now and this might be one of the prettiest temples I've seen. The whole complex is just breathtaking. The Pagoda is pretty, but keep walking the trail and you will see shrines, statues, monuments, and other structures. The most impressive part was how the temples and nature co-exist. They built a lot of the structures in the side of the hills and this time of year (summer) it is wonderful. I can't wait to come back here in the fall to see it again.
Written August 31, 2020
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James H
Brisbane, Australia13 contributions
Worth the walk from the station
Jan 2020
A great collection of shrines in a peaceful mountain location. We walked up from Mitaki station and it didn't take too long, but if you aren't one for enjoying a walk up a steep hill, take the tourist bus.
Written January 13, 2020
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dasz99
Guildford, UK47 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had a choice of Miyajima or Mitaki and went for Mitaki. I suspect the two are opposites and we made the right call.

We took the train and the short walk up the hill - 10-20 minutes. The temple is set into the hillside with gardens, waterfalls and statues - and no tourist developments, shops or semi tame deer!

In the autumn it was stunning. The walk up the hill behind the temple was a lovely antidote to the hectic city. You need decent footwear and it could be a challenge in wet or very hot weather, but the path through the forest is reasonably obvious. You are rewarded with a great view at the top. It’s possible to do a full circuit back to the temple but locals suggested the decent was steep and it was better to return the way we came. Allow 40-60 minutes for the ascent.

Written December 1, 2019
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,579 contributions
Hidden gem! Not to be missed!
Nov 2018
Add time to your Hiroshima visit for at least a half-day at this enchanting temple. It is definitely worth a visit in any season, but it is especially beautiful in autumn when the leaves have turned. It was crowded on a gloriously sunny day in autumn, but that was to be expected at this season. The grounds are large enough though that we didn’t feel a crush of crowds but some of the stairs were quite full of people.

The temple grounds climb up the hill of Mount Mitaki. Three waterfalls, after which the temple is named, highlight the meandering paths.

Jizo statues, covered in damp moss, and dressed in red hats and bibs, line walkways and steps. Numerous other Buddhist statues can be found on seemingly every bit of available space. Where there aren’t statues, there are stone lanterns.

The walk through the atmospheric forest does involve steps which can be slippery and uneven. The higher you go, the more difficult the steps. The most interesting for us was the walk through the trees coming upon statues, and ponds, and small shrines.

The trees were not spectacularly in color and that was a disappointment. The requisite and famous red and white pagoda, several temple buildings, a bell tower, a tea house, and more did make for an interesting visit though, with many photo ops.

Mitaki-dera is a 2 stop train ride from Hiroshima on the JR Kabe line and a long 15 or 20 minute walk uphill from the Mitaki JR station, OR a bus ride from Hiroshima station to the Mitaki Kanon bus stop which gets you much closer to the entrance to the temple.

This was our first trip to Japan without the need for a JR Pass, so we took the bus. We probably would have done so anyway given the fact that the walk to the temple was much shorter. On the bus we saw how much uphill driving there was from the Mitaki station to the Mitaki Kanon bus stop and we were quite pleased that we chose the bus. If you plan on going by bus, do get a schedule from the bus station in Hiroshima and do check the return route time. We verified with the driver the location of the bus stop for our trip back to Hiroshima and planned our visit to get back to the bus stop before bus arrived.

Tips for Visitors:
Wear good walking shoes to provide traction on the moss covered potentially slippery stone steps.

Where the sign, Japanese only, says it is not recommended to go further, believe it - there is not much beyond just a dam that presumably serves as protection against flooding.

There are only a few toilets strategically placed, one at the lower level and one midway up the the walk to the summit - use them when you see them.

Food is available at the lower level - bring a snack with you and bottled water.

You can spend the whole morning here if you get an early start, then return to the station, get lunch (or eat at the gift shop cum restaurant at the base of Mitaki) and go to Fudoin.
Written August 8, 2019
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Owen L
Shanghai, China224 contributions
Quiet, tranquil forests and good views of city
Jul 2019 • Solo
After three stops on Kabe line from Shin Hiroshima by crossing the river to Mitaki station, it is a short walk up hill to the first series of temples. It was 11:30 and the guy at shuinshan koshion temple. It was just setting up tables. There is a rubber track that leads up past the first cemetery to Mitakidera Tahoto, a three story red pagoda. It was moved to encourage the people after the war.

It starts out with stone steps and eventually leads up to Mitakidera Hondo. From there it turns into a dirt trail that keeps on going up to the summit of Mitakiyama. If you don’t have any running shoes or trail shoes, it might be a hard slog as it gets muddy and uneven at places. But you will find mushrooms, insects, birds, bamboo groves, and good views of the city below if you get to the 350 meter summit. You can turn around or loop down west to a adventure obstacle park for kids. You’d have to walk down through another cemetery before looping back to Shuinshan. If you only want to see the Buddhist temples, turn back downhill at Mitakidera Hindo.

It isn’t an easy hike in the hot sun but there is plenty of shade. I only saw one hiker with poles the entire way on a Wednesday.

It is a beautiful forest and a good time for enjoying nature.
Written July 31, 2019
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Silver325
South Pacific28 contributions
Stunning combination of nature and art
May 2019 • Solo
A must see for art and nature lovers.

The temple is located on the slope of a mountain just outside Hiroshima. You can get there in 20-50 minutes depending on the location of your hotel.

Starting from the Mitaki JR Station: exit the station and walk left for a couple of minutes until you get to the intersection, turn right and follow the road uphill. Soon you will find yourself in front of the Saigan-ji temple. Have a quick look, the temple was closed but the grounds were nice. Then continue on the right of the temple. If you have plenty of time - explore the cemetery which you will see on the left side after a few minutes. Otherwise keep walking uphill until you reach the entrance to the temple complex.

The path to the main building winds through beautiful forest and is surrounded with endless pieces of art. The forest is literally filled with beautiful old sculptures. The main temple itself has some really strong wooden sculptures, some of the best you will find anywhere.

If you love nature and have time - follow the path uphill from the main temple to get to the top of the mountain. There are some views there, which are not bad, but the main attraction is just the walk through the forest.

Allow 3-4 hours at least, I spent half a day in the area and didn't want to leave. There were only a few other visitors there. A hidden gem, incredibly beautiful combination of art and nature.
Written May 21, 2019
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G&C
34 contributions
Incredibly beautiful and peaceful temple grounds
Feb 2019 • Family
Built into the side of a hill, the temple and grounds are beautiful. There a streams and waterfalls as you walk up. The foliage is beautiful any time of year. And as a treat, there is a charming teahouse overlooking a beautiful koi pond where you can sit and have tea and ramen.

Well worth multiple visits.
Written May 10, 2019
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Thomas A
Santiago, Chile1,013 contributions
Beautiful hidden Temple
Apr 2019 • Family
Just wow! This is a hidden gem! Away from crowds. Had a very special afternoon here, walking through the woods and siting quietly to enjoy the place. Amazing.
Written May 2, 2019
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hamvestor
Seattle, WA62 contributions
A special experience
Apr 2019 • Couples
This not-so-well known treasure is an 8-minute train ride on the JR Kabe line (third stop from Hiroshima station). It's a modest walk up-hill, but the beauty and uncrowded serenity of the place is hard to describe adequately. Don't miss the waterfalls as you work your way to the final temple in the complex. Definitely worth a vist!
Written April 15, 2019
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peter b
Braidwood, Australia113 contributions
Classic Japan
May 2018
Like so much of Japan the style and serenity are half the beauty
Craftsmanship is to be admired especially if you aren’t familiar with this style
This was in the early part of our first visit to Japan so we were mesmerised but now after a long trip I would still feel the same
Written April 9, 2019
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