The 500 Buddhist Statues Temple on Miyajima
Daisho-in is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon School located at the foot of Mount Misen on Miyajima Island in the Chugoku region of Japan. Its sacred grounds offer a wonderful walk amid its various pavilions and hundreds of Buddhist statues. The view over the bay adds to the prestige of the place.
- Itsukushima shrine with its famous floating torii ⛩️, and,
- the ascent of Mount Misen.
Even if they're essential, these spots are not only a testimony of the short time spent by visitors to Miyajima (often a short day, probably due to the high price of hotels 🏨 on the island) but also somehow block other very interesting spots.
That is why we wanted to give a spotlight to Daisho-in, a Buddhist temple of inimitable charm located at the base of Mount Misen, just a few minutes walk from the shopping arcades and Itsukushima shrine. The creation of this temple dates back to a little more than 1,200 years, at the initiative of philosopher and religious poet Kobo-Daishi (Kukai).
Beyond its gleaming stairs (sided by sutra enclosing prayer wheels) and its majestic buildings, Daishôin is all scattered with Buddhist figures. Like in a treasure hunt, you can look for the benevolent and expressive figures of religious statues. Here, the three wise monkeys 🐒 hide behind a bush. There, baby Buddhas stroll in the grass, surrounded by momiji 🍁 maple leaves. And lower, five hundred Buddhist statues accompany your visit on one side and the other of a long stairway.
Therefore we definitely recommend passing by Daisho-in during your visit to Miyajima. Upon leaving, you'll have to choose either to continue hiking an hour and a half to the summit of Mount Misen, or leave towards Momijidani Park to greet the shika deers and then back to stroll near the shops.