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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

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Minobusan Kuonji Temple 身延山 久遠寺

One of Yamanashi's best kept secrets

Minobusan Kuonji Temple is a major temple in Yamanashi Prefecture. Located on Mt. Minobu, it's overflowing with spiritual history.

Don't Miss

  • 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, Shukubo, 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 clientele. 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.

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