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Hoyo-ji Temple

更新日:2017年02月27日

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Hoyo-ji temple is one of the oldest temples in Aizu, which is referred to as a “Buddhist capital.” It is said to have been founded in 720 by Tokudo Shonin and subsequently rebuilt by Tokuitsu Daishi. It is also the twenty-ninth of the thirty-three Aizu Kannon pilgrimage sites, and has many precious cultural properties embodying Aizu's Buddhist culture. They include an over two-meter tall standing Kongo Rikishi statue (a nationally designated important cultural property) carved out of a single zelkova tree that is said to be from the latter half of the Heian period (794-1185), the oldest zushi miniature shrine in Aizu (a nationally designated important cultural property), a copper bell (a prefecturally designated important cultural property) from the Muromachi period (1336-1573), as well as a three-story pagoda (a prefecturally designated important cultural property)—a rarity in Aizu due to its heavy snowfall.

The latter is the only pagoda remaining in Aizu. It was completed in 1780 (during the Edo period), and is over twenty meters tall. It is said to be the most beautiful three-story pagoda in Fukushima prefecture.

In the spring the temple's Tora-no-o Cherry Blossom Tree—one of Aizu's five famous cherry blossom trees—blooms, and outdoor tea ceremonies are held.

Information for Hoyo-ji Temple

  • Address: 3554 Aza-sanban-yamashita, Suzumebayashi, Aizumisato-machi, Onuma-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-6274, JAPAN
  • MAP
  • Fee: There is an admission fee for the Kannon-do Hall's cultural properties. Reservation required.
  • Regular holiday: Open Everyday
  • Phone: +81-(0)242-56-4882 (Aizumisato-machi Tourist Association)

Highlight

Flowering time

  • Ginkgo: Mid to late November
  • Torano-o zakura (One of the famous five cherry trees of Aizu): Late April to early May

EVENT

  • Hoyoji Hono Kikukaten (Exhibition of chrysanthemum dedicated to Hoyoji Temple): October 27 to November 5
  • Torano-o zakura nodate chakai (Torano-o zakura open-air tea ceremony): Late April to early May

Access

By Car

  • 30-minute drive from Aizuwakamatsu IC
  • 10-minute drive from Shintsuru PA (Smart IC: ETC System Only)

By Rail

  • 40-minute walk from Aizu-Takada Station (JR Tadami Line)

Jump to East Japan Railway Company

By Bus

  • 20-minute walk from 'Shintsuru Onsen' bus stop (Wakamatsu -Niitsuru route)

Jump to Aizu Bus

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