Daishoin Temple
Daiganji Temple
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Shrines and Temples

Ever since Buddhism was introduced to Japan, Japanese people have linked native gods with Buddhist gods and fused Shintoism with Buddhism. In Miyajima, too, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples used to be closely connected, and a unique culture developed. This history is well reflected in many of the temples and shrines in Miyajima.

Gojunoto (Five-Storied Pagoda)

The Vermilion-painted Gojunoto is 27.6 meters high and is a beautiful fusion of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles. It was built in 1407, and used to enshrine a Buddhist statue.

Senjokaku (Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats) (Toyokuni Shrine)

Senjokaku (Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats) (Toyokuni Shrine)
Senjokaku (Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats) (Toyokuni Shrine)
In 1587 Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the warlord who unified Japan during this era, ordered the establishment of Senjokaku as a sutra repository where sutra-chanting would be held in honor of war casualties. It is the biggest building in Miyajima. It is called Senjokaku because its floor size is equal to the area of 857 tatami mats. The construction of the hall was discontinued when Hideyoshi passed away, and it still remains unfinished today.

Daiganji Temple

Daiganji Temple
Daiganji Temple
Daiganji Temple is an ancient Shingon Buddhist temple that stands next to Itsukushima Shrine. It has strong ties with Shinto shrines. It used to be in full charge of the repair and construction of temples and shrines including Itsukushima Shrine. The temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the goddess of eloquence, music, and wealth, and enshrines one of the three most famous Benzaiten statues in Japan in addition to many other valuable Buddhist statues.

Daishoin Temple

Daishoin Temple
Daishoin Temple
Daishoin Temple is an ancient Shingon Buddhist temple built at the foot of the sacred Mt. Misen. During the time of fusion period of Shintoism and Buddhism, this distinguished temple governed all priests in Miyajima and was in charge of religious ceremonies of Itsukushima Shrine. Its green, plant-filled precincts command a fine view and are decorated with many Buddhist statues.
観音堂(弥勒菩薩)
勅願堂
遍照窟

Other Buildings

Tahoto
Tahoto
Omoto Shrine
Omoto Shrine
Kiyomori Shrine
Kiyomori Shrine
Komyoin Temple
Komyoin Temple
Hojuin  Temple
Hojuin Temple
Tokujuin Temple
Tokujuin Temple
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