Daisho-in Temple (大聖院), one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism, is located at the base of Mount Misen, on the island of Miyajima in the Seto Inland Sea. This is where the sect's founder, Kobo Daishi, first began the practice of Buddhism on the island of Miyajima.
Within Daisho-in Temple, visitors can admire a variety of buildings, statues and other religious objects. Among these are the Kannon-do Hall, the Maniden Hall, a sand mandala made by visiting monks from Tibet, a tea room and a cave filled with 88 icons representing the temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.
Visitors have a chance to perform an interesting Buddhist ritual while walking up the temple's steps. Along the stairs, visitors can find a row of spinning metal wheels that are inscribed with sutra (Buddhist scriptures). If one turns the inscriptions as one walks up the stairs, it is believed to have the same effect as reading the inscriptions. So, without any knowledge of Japanese, one can receive the blessings that the reading of sutra is believed to provide.
From Daisho-in's Temple grounds, there is a hiking trail which leads to the summit of Mount Misen, where a few more temple halls are located. The ascent takes about 1.5 hours.
Hours: 8:00 to 17:00
Closed: Open all year round
Daisho-in Temple is a five minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine or a 15 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier.
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