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Daisho-in

The temple with 500 Buddhist statues in Miyajima

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Miyajima, one of the three most beautiful japanese views, is among the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. However, I feel that many travelers focus on its two most visited spots: Itsukushima shrine with its famous 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's why I 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 shopping arcades and Itsukushima. 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 and its majestic buildings, Daishôin is all scattered with Buddhist figures. Here, the three wise monkeys hide behind a bush. There, Buddha babies 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 staircase.

I'd definitely recommend visiting 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 and then back to the shops.

⬇️ Further down this page, discover our visit guide in Daisho-in and around.
By Kanpai Last Updated on August 27, 2020 Daisho-in