Shrine and Temple You Must Visit in Japan ~ One thing that is quite interesting if you want to travel to Japan is to see beautiful and magnificent temples. In addition to the average age of thousands of years, each temple has special things in its own rite. The temple also stores sacred objects and worship. Temples are places where locals gather to take part in peaceful moments that really attract the attention of tourists. Even so magical, only in front of the architectural elements and feel the atmosphere, tourists can feel the effects that make them silent for a moment so amazing.
If this year has plans for sightseeing and holidays in Japan, the list of temples below can be a reference to include a visit to the temple to the list of tourist attractions he will visit.
Sensoji is the oldest temple in Tokyo that was built in 645 AD in Asakusa. Legend has it that two fishermen found the Kannon statue on the Sumida River nearby in 628. After showing it to their village head, he remodeled his own house into a small temple to capture the statue for worship throughout the city.
There are many festivals held in every season such as Hozuki Ichi (Hozuki Market) and Hagoita Ichi (Hagoita Market). Furaijinmon (aka Kaminarimon / Lightning Gate) at the entrance of Sensoji Temple is the location of visitors’ favorite photos. Here there are many tourists who take photos as selfies and update their social status.
Hiraizumi is a city in the southern part of Iwate in the Tohoku region in Japan and is famous for its historic ruins and sacred buildings, even some temples there have been “cultured” as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit one of the buildings and you will be welcomed with a quiet space and bright and beautiful architecture.
Kotoku In Temple
Located in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, Kotoku In Temple is commonly known as the “Great Buddha”, there is a bronze statue greeting people who are visiting the holy room. No one knows exactly how old the statue is, but most people say about 1252 years. The Great Buddha was preceded by a wooden monument from the same guide that needed 10 years to complete.
This Buddhist temple in Eastern Kyoto is part of a series of monuments in the ancient city which has been dubbed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Kiyomizu-dera, if translated will be “Temple of Pure Water”. This temple is the home of the Goddess of Mercy and is a symbol that has survived for more than 1,200 years.
The temple is located in Nara and there is a famous giant Buddha statue, which is the Rushanabutsu Statue with a height of 14.98 meters. It was built in 743 AD and finished 9 years later, which used around 2.6 million people to build it. Daibutsuden (Daibutsu Hall) where the Rushanabutsu Statue is located is also famous as the largest wooden building in Japan. Inside Daibutsuden, there is a pillar that has a hole. The hole is called “Daibutsu no hana no ana (Buddha Nose Hole)” which has a legend if it can pass through the hole to be happy.
Located in the Nara area, it was built in 607 and is the oldest wooden building in the world. In 1993, this temple became the first temple registered with UNESCO as a world heritage. There are many buildings and Buddha statues on the site of Horyuji Temple which have been designated as the State treasures of Horyuji Temple also famous for the many Buddha statues that have been enshrined in them. Usually Guze Kannon (Kannon Bosatsu Statue) is not open to the public. However, every year there is a special time for the statue to be opened to the public, namely in the spring and autumn.
The temple name means literally “Hall with thirty three spaces between the columns”, describing the architecture of the 120-meter long (the world’s longest wooden building) main hall of the temple.
There are also 28 statues of guardian deities with intense expressions and impressive detail. Overall, Sanjusangen-do Temple is a place for one to marvel at the beauty of Japanese Buddhist sculpture and surrender to the compassionate gaze of all those pairs of eyes.
Located in Nara, in south-central Honshu. Yakushi-ji is the head temple of the Hosso sect in Japan. The temple is two things: one of the seven great temples of Nara and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Yakushi-ji is known as the temple for healing health conditions. In the main hall of Yakushi-ji, there is a statue of Yakushi Nyorai, which is the healing Buddha. The Yakushi Nyorai of Yakushi-ji is also a designated national treasure.