Jan 30, 2019 Attraction

Miyajima’s Daiganji Temple Filled with Mystical Energy!

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Miyajima is well-known for its sacred hotspots such as Itsukushima Shrine.

Of these, Daiganji Temple which is located just beside Itsukushima Shrine, attracts many visitors nearby and afar due to its reputation for having great spiritual and mystical strength.

Let’s find out more about Daiganji Temple and what to look out for during your visit!

What Is Daiganji Temple?

Daiganji Temple which was built around the year 802, actually has a much longer official name i.e. Kikyozan Houkouin Daiganji and used to manage and conduct the repairs for Itsukushima Shrine.

The Itsukushima Benzaiten, one of the top 3 Benzaiten deities in Japan, is currently enshrined here after its move from Itsukushima Shrine.

In case you are wondering, the Benzaiten deity is a goddess who grants riches and good fortune.

At Daiganji Temple, there are other deities enshrined here besides Benzaiten thus making it known as a place full of spiritual and mystical strength.

As a Popular Spiritual Spot

Although Daiganji Temple has always been popular with visitors nationwide, there seems to be a noticeable increase in the number of tourists from overseas in recent years.

While visiting the temple, do remember to offer thanks at the main hall.

As Daiganji Temple is not a shrine, there is a water basin to wash your hands and mouth before entering the premises.

Instead, you should light the incense at the front of the main hall as a symbol of purification before praying at the main hall.

Key Highlights to See

Here is a list of key highlights picked by me which you should check out while at Daiganji Temple.

First of all, here is Nade Hotoke (Touch Buddha).

It is believed that if you are in pain or suffering from an illness, you can be cured if you touch the same body part on Nade Hotoke which appears to be smiling.

If there is any part of your body which is a concern, you might want to give this a try.

This is not a statue of Buddha but rather a Jizou-sama i.e. Kshitigarbha who looks after children, travelers and the underworld.

Here, you can see the Kosodate Jizou (child-raising Jizou), Mizuko Jizou (Jizou to help deliver miscarried and aborted fetuses to Buddhahood) and Enmei Jizou (life-prolonging Jizou).

Colorful windmills are placed in front of them as an offering as many people come to pray for luck in getting pregnant, a smooth pregnancy and delivery, long life and memorials for the souls of miscarried and aborted fetuses.

In front of the main hall is a black pine tree known as Daiganji Temple’s Kyuhonmatsu.

It is about 30m tall and was said to be planted by famous samurai, Ito Hirobumi. You can see that the tree’s roots are split into 9 thus earning its name.

Daiganji Temple has lots for you to see besides the Buddha statues so you are at Itsukushima Shrine or its vicinity, the temple is just right there when you walk through the precincts of Itsukushima Shirine.

Do come by to experience the spiritual and mystical power for yourself!

Daiganji Temple
Address 3 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi(map)
Closest Station 15mins walk from Miyajima Sanbashi
Open 8:30am – 5:00pm 
New Year’s Day: 12:00am-6:00pm
Closed
Website Official Website
Entrance Fee Free