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Kuonji temple

Kuonji templeKuonji is a Buddhist temple, and is in Minobu town located about 35 km south of Kofu city and about 28 km west of Mount Fuji.

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.

How to get to here

By railroad

  • From Kofu to Minobu station, about 50 minutes by limited express "Fujikawa" of JR Minobu Line.
    From Minobu station, about 13 minutes by route bus.
  • From Shizuoka on Tokaido Shinkansen to Minobu station, about 1 hour and 20-25 minutes by limited express "Fujikawa" of JR Minobu Line.
    From Minobu station, about 13 minutes by route bus.

By express bus

From Shinjuku, 3 hours 21 minutes.

By car

  • Run on Chuo Expressway and exit Kofu-minami exit. About 110 km from Tokyo.
    Then about 35 km to the temple.
  • Run on Tomei Expressway and exit Fuji exit. About 125 km from Tokyo.
    Then about 50 km to the temple.

Main gate of Kuonji temple Stone stairs to main temple
Main temple Soshidou temple
Weeping cherry tree Ropeway to Mount Minobu
Gate of Shishinkaku Shishinkaku temple
Shishinkaku Mount Fuji from the top of Mount Minobu

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