Kuonji is a Buddhist temple, and is in Minobu
town located about 35 km south of Kofu city and about 28 km west of
The town is on the bottom of the valley formed by Fuji River, and Mount
Minobu (1,153 meters high) is located to the west of the valley.
Kuonji is on the mountainside.
In 1274, a high priest Nichiren (1222-1282), the founder of Nichiren
Buddhism which is one of the major schools of Japanese Buddhism, was
invited in this town, and he built a small temple.
And in 1281 he built a large temple here and gave this temple the name of "Kuonji".
He positioned Mount Minobu as the sacred mountain, and he spent most of his last days in this temple.
After his death, the bones of him have been housed in this temple.
The precincts are located at the level of about 400 meters.
We must walk up 287 flights of stone stairs to visit the main temple, after we pass through the main gate.
There are many buildings in the precincts.
The main hall was rebuilt in 1985.
"Soshidou" temple is the building that Nichiren was living, and has the tomb of him.
Around this temple, there are hundreds of weeping cherry trees. We can see the cherry trees in full bloom from the end of March to early April.
And there is "Okunoin-Shishinkaku" temple on the top of Mount Minobu.
Nichiren was born in current Chiba Prefecture, so he built this building to see the direction of his hometown.
Of course, we can see Mount Fuji from here.
To visit Shishinkaku, the ropeway is convenient. We can get on it near
the main temple.
If you climb on foot, it takes about 2.5 hours.
From Shinjuku, 3 hours 21 minutes.