Aug 12, 2018 Attraction Fukuyama

Myooin Temple, The National Treasure in Fukuyama

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What do people from overseas think of Japan’s national treasures? Nikko Toshogu, Toudaiji temple, and Itsukushima Shrine are a few famous ones. One of the many national treasures of Japan is “Myooin Temple” in Fukuyama city. You might think that places like Kyoto or Nara have enough temples and shrines, but that would be a big mistake. Myooin has lots of things that you can’t see anywhere else! Enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atomosphere!

What is Myooin Temple?

Myooin is a Buddhist temple in Fukuyama city, and a part of the Shingon Daikaku temple sect. After it was founded by Kobo-Daishi (Kukai) during the Heian period in 807, a five-storied pagoda was built there in the early Muromachi period, and it became the most prominent temple in western Japan. The main building and five-story pagoda of this temple have been designated as national treasures, and it is the 8th temple on the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. The temple building is Japan’s oldest structure built in the eclectic style, and the five-story pagoda is the 5th oldest surviving five-story pagoda in Japan.

The Appeal of Myooin Temple

This temple has existed for over 1,000 years, but it isn’t just an old building. The Gojyunoto, five-storied pagoda was actually built by the townsfolk gradually putting money into the project.  For that reason, there are a few different types of wood used in this pagoda, so if you’ve seen other five-storied pagoda before, you could focus on the differences.

The temple also has spirit tablets for the 3rd and 4th shoguns of the Tokugawa clan, and the study has the Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry, which you can only see at Nikko Toshogu and Myooin Temple, so there’s a lot of unique things to see here. The scenery changes with the seasons, so you can enjoy a different view for each of the four seasons.

Facility Information

Myooin Temple
Address 1473 Kusadocho, Fukuyama City (map)
Closest Station Approx. 20mins from JR Mitaki Station on Foot
Open 8:00am – 6:00pm
Website Tripadvisor
Entrance Fee Free


Myooin Temple has a lot of cool things that you can’t see anywhere else, but the scenery and the flowers maintained by the chief priest’s wife also contribute to the pleasant atmosphere. They also have guides on the first and third Saturday of every month, for those of you who aren’t as experienced with temples. They will guide and explain you through the study, the homa altar, and the kuri (kitchen) over a period of about 30 minutes. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!


photo by Fukuyama Convention&Visitors Association