Oct 08, 2018 Attraction Miyajima

Daishoin Temple, the Most Historical Temple in Miyajima

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Outline and History

Daishoin Temple, the oldest temple in Miyajima is a 30-minute walk from Miyajima pier and is also a mountain climbing route, was opened by Kobotaishi, Kukai, in 806. It is a temple that has a history as rich as, and an origin as ancient and honorable as Itsukushima shrine, a famous sightseeing spot in Miyajima.

It is also a place deeply involved with the Imperial House of Japan. The powerful people of that time, and other than being used as a prayer hall for Emperor Toba’s imperial command and a lodging place during visits by Emperor Meiji in olden times, it was also apparently visited by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Hirobumi Ito, Japan’s first modern prime minister.

Daishoin Temple is a spacious temple with many Buddhas that are worshiped and a lot to see, so I recommend making plenty of time for a visit.

Advance While Spinning a Prayer Wheel

On the staircase leading up to Maniden is this prayer wheel. This is a Buddhist ritual implement used in Tibetan Buddhism, and you spin it to the left with your hand while going up the stairs. You chant a short sutra while spinning it, but apparently, just by turning this once, you will have completed an act of virtue equivalent to reading one volume of sutras.

Do the same to the smaller large Prajnaparamita barrel at the staircase after passing through the Deva gate at the entrance. Apparently, if you touch this, you will receive unlimited happiness.

Points to Look out For

Kannon-Do Hall

Upon going through the gate of honor, you will see Kannon-do Hall on your right.
Other than a praying eleven-faced Bodhisattva, you will also find a vibrantly-colored Sand Mandala that was created from interaction with Tibetan Buddhism.

Daishoin Temple is deeply related to Tibetan Buddhism, and you can also see the Maitreya that was consecrated when the 14th Dalai Lama visited Kannon-do Hall.

Payer Hall

Straight down the road, you will see the Prayer Hall. This is the main hall of Daishoin Temple and has “Namikiri Fudomyoo”, who prayed for the safety and victory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Imjin War, as the principal object of worship.


The Maniden lies beyond the staircase of the Mani car. This is the place of Honbo prayer of Misaki Maitake of Misayama, and prayers are conducted every day. Apparently many visitors come to pray for happiness and health.

Universal Illumination Cave

The universal illusion cave is a sand treading hall with idols from 88 places in Shikoku, and just by going around in here, you will have earned the same amount of virtue as going on a pilgrimage in Shikoku.

Many Guardian Deities of Children!

There are many guardian deities of children at Daishoin Temple. They are uncountable and there are many tourists who come to see them. Many unique guardian deities in dotted throughout the compound, so it is recommended to slowly walk around while looking at them.

There is also one in the pose of “See not, hear not, say not.” Try looking for another statue in the same pose but in slightly more deformed.

The Jizo That Listens to Complaints

“The child that listens to complaints” is a guardian deity at the reception counter. Pet its head and whisper a complaint. The notebook beside it is for visitors to write their complaints. Even if it is a small complaint, you might feel better if you write it down and have “the child that listens to complaints” hear you out.

Daishoin Temple, with Plenty to See

Daishoin Temple has a lot to see, too many to introduce all of them here. The halls, Buddha statues and guardian deities in the compound are definitely interesting, but the view from the gate of honor is also superb and worth viewing. I have introduced spots in Daishoin Temple that can be visited while sightseeing.

There is also plenty to see of Daishoin Temple around the peak of Mt. Misen. Ito Hirobumi also says that “Miyajima’s true value lies in the view from the peak of Mt. Misen.” On the Daishoin temple hiking course while climbing Mt. Misen, there are also other things to see, such as “The fire that does not go out” and “Misenhondo,” which was established by Kukai.

If you have extra time and energy, I also recommend going up to the peak of Mt. Misen.

Facility Information

Daishoin Temple
Address 210 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi (map)
Closest Station JR Miyajimaguchi station
Open 8:00am – 5:00pm
Website Official Website
Entrance Fee Free

How to Access from Hiroshima City

Fare: ¥590      Time: 1h-

Hiroshima Sta.

Miyajimaguchi Sta.
JR Sanyo Line

Miyajima Pier

Daishoin Temple