Minobusan Kuonji Temple 身延山 久遠寺
One of Yamanashi's best kept secrets
- The 287 "steps of enlightenment" staircase
- Wild macaques living in the forest nearby
- Early morning prayer sessions at the main temple
How to Get There
Mt. Minobu and the temple are accessible by train and bus from Tokyo and other neighboring cities.
The closest major station, JR Minobu Station, connects the area to Kofu Station via the Minobu Line. From Shizouka, take the JR Tokaido Line and get off at Minobu Station.
If you're traveling from Tokyo, you can catch express or local trains to Kofu Station and switch to the Minobu Line, then get off at Minobu Station.
You can also catch a Yamanashi Kotsu bus from Shinjuku Station direct to Mt. Minobu .
A temple for devotees of the Nichiren sect
Just one of the dozens of temples on Mt. Minobu , Minobusan Kuonji Temple has a distinct atmosphere all its own. This 743-year-old temple is extremely important to the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
Wander around the temple precincts and soak up the sights and sounds of this ancient and secluded place. Stroll along a mountain road covered in lush vegetation and bamboo as you listen to the chanting of devotees reciting the sutras. If you're lucky, you might spot a family of wild Japanese macaques.
Stay for the early morning prayers
In addition to temples in the area, there are at least 20 temple inns where you can stay the night. These temple inns are attached to many of the temples on Mt. Minobu .
Shukubo Kakurinbo Temple Inn, which is attached to Gyogakuin Kakurinbo Temple, distinguishes itself from the other temple inns and is accommodating to non-Japanese speaking guests. If you do decide to spend a night at one the many temple inns at Mt. Minobu , don't forget that the early morning prayers are held at Minobusan Kuonji Temple.