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1000 Fudo images and a secret pilgrimage basement in Daisho-in

Daisho-in Temple is one one of the most prestigious Shingon temples in the western part of Japan.

The temple had close links with Japanese imperial family until 19th century. For example, the emperor in Meiji Period honored the temple by staying here in 1885.

I wrote an article about Daisho-in Temple before, but I couldn’t include all the places I wanted to introduce in the Daisho-in Temple on Miyajima Island.

So this is the second article dedicated to always-enchanting Daisho-in Temple on Miyajima, let’s get started.

Onarimon Gate 

Onarimon Gate(御成門)is the gate to the temple’s precinct.

Very Well Written English Pamphlet

When you come to Daisho-in temple and come through this Onarimon gate, don’t forget to pick up this free, very detailed English Pamphlet of Daisho-in.

This pamphlet helps you find twice as many beautiful things in this temple as without it. 

Kan-Non-Doh Hall in Daisho-in

Once you come through the Onari-Mon Gate, Kan-non-Doh Hall is on the right side. You’ll find a lot of interesting buddhist images like these in Kan-Non-Doh Hall.

Daruma Statue in Daisho-in Temple


Tanuki Statue

Tanuki is raccoon in Japanese. 

Nade Botoke(Touch & Cure Buddha)

It’s said this disciple of Buddha has supernatural power. If you have a pain in your body, touch the same part of  the body of this statue, then it will cure your pain.

Kaidan Meguri (Pitch Dark Pilgrimage)

Walk down the stairs, you will enter into the pitch dark underground passage.

According to the Daisho-in temple’s explanation,

By moving forward in the complete darkness and looking back at what you’ve done in the past, you can purge your sins.

I went in there and yes, it was completely dark. At some point, you will find dimly lit buddha images on your left and….

Please find out by yourself when you go in there.

But, once I came out of the darkness, I felt very refreshed somehow although I’m not sure if I have purged my sins…  Either way, it was a great experience. 

Choku-Gan-Dou Hall

Choku-Gan-Dou Hall(勅願堂)is the main hall in Daisho-in temple. It is said the hall was built by the emperor Toba in 12th century. 

Namikiri Fudo Myo-o is enshrined in this hall.

Namikiri Fudo Myo-o

Fudo Myo-o, or Immovable King, is an incarnated figure of Dainichi Nyorai, or Cosmic Buddha. The image is characterized by the fierce face to show his determination to destroy evil.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of three great unifiers of Japan in the 16th century, prayed to this image for safety at sea and victory in battles.

1000 Fudo Images


1000 Fudo Images from a different angle

That’s all for the second article for Daisho-in for now. To be honest, I couldn’t include all the spots I wanted to introduce in two articles.

So I will add more contents over the course of time.

If you haven’t read my first article for Daisho-in temple yet, please click this link to Daisho-in temple 1.

General Information

Opening hours:8:00am – 5:00pm(no holidays)

Admission fee: Free

Address: 〒739-0592 広島県廿日市市宮島町210

How to get there: It’s around a 20 minutes walk from the pier and a 7-10 minutes walk from Itsukushima shrine.

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