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Minobusan Kuon-ji Temple

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Minobusan Kuon-ji Temple in Yamanashi Prefecture, the head temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism

Founded by Nichiren Shonin, the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, in the Kamakura period (1185-1333), this is the head temple of the sect. The weeping cherry trees, which are over 400 years old, are part of the 10 best weeping cherry trees in Japan. Many halls in the precincts, including the main hall with a painting on the ceiling that depicts a large dragon, featuring the history and culture of Kuon-ji Temple.

Okunoin Shishinkaku

Ride the aerial cableway that boasts the Kanto region's greatest height difference (763 meters), and go to the top of Mount Minobu. On the mountaintop where it is believed that Nichiren Shonin recalled his parents, stands Okunoin Shishinkaku. The large Japanese cedar, which is over 700 years old, is believed to have been planted by Nichiren Shonin and still remains in the precinct of Shishinkaku. It is famous as a power spot for longevity. The observation tower on the top is also a superb viewpoint overlooking Mount Fuji. Visitors can see Diamond Fuji, a beautiful phenomenon that occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mount Fuji, in spring and autumn.

Location

Name Minobusan Kuon-ji Temple
Web Sites https://www.kuonji.jp/english/entop.htm
Address 3567 Minobu, Minobu-cho, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi
Access From Minobu Station on the JR Minobu Line, take the bus bound for Mount Minobu for 15 minutes and get off at the last bus stop
Business Hours April to September: 5:00 to 17:00
October to March: 5:30 to 17:00
Inquiries TEL: 0556-62-1011

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