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Being located on Miyajima, Daisho-in Temple tends to get overlooked in favor of Itsukushima Shrine, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit. It was founded in the 12th century and Emperor Meiji stayed here in 1885. The complex is large with a lot to explore. The Kannon-do Hall is the main building housing the temple's Kannon statue. There's also a hall made in Tibetan Buddhist fashion and an underground spiritual path.
The Daishi-do has a cave containing statues representing each of the 88 temples of the Shikoku pilgrimage (each statue has sand from its coinciding temple). They also have the 12 zodiac signs. The Maniden Hall offer great views of the surrounding area and is architecturally interesting.
Next to the staircase leading up to the temple are Daisho-in's 500 rakan statues. The temple grounds are also dotted with very cute Buddha statues in various funny poses.
Daisho-in is also the 14th temple of the Chugoku 33 Kannon Temple Pilgrimage.
The temple is free.
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Temple in the midst of nature
Daishouin temple is a most beautiful temple in Japan. It is also surrounded by the beautiful nature. It is beautiful in all seasons, in particular, in autumn and spring. Golden autumn leaves entertain your eyes in autumn and so do pink cherry blossoms in spring. You enjoy the old houses and nature-rich streets leading up to Daishouin Temple, as well.
One of Miyajima’s most beautiful temples, Daisho-in Temple is located a short walk to the east of the main village and Itsukushima Shrine close to the beginning of the Mt Misen trails. You are treated to a more peaceful experience at this temple as it is set away from the crowd filled Itsukushima Shrine and although Miyajima Island is visited by ferry loads of people each day, not too many vistors make it as far as Daisho-in Temple. The delicately carved wooden beams and roof are a beautiful example of Japanese religious architecture.
This temple along the trail to the top of Misen-san is quite "open". I mean, you will be able to see more than in most temple I did visit, so was worthwhile to visit.
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