Myooin Temple 明王院
A mountainside and picturesque temple boasting one of Japan's finest pagodas
Founded by one of Japan's most famous monks, Kobo-Daishi, or Kukai, Myooin Temple has belonged to the Shingon Buddhism sect since the Edo period (1603-1867). The main hall, said to have been built in 807 and rebuilt in 1321, is a designated national treasure that mixes architectural influences from Japan and China. The temple's five-storied pagoda, however, is a draw in its own right.
How to Get There
The temple is accessible by bus.
Myooin is a 15-minute bus ride from Fukuyama Station. Take the Tomotetsu bus and get off at the Kusado-kamino-cho stop. The temple is about a 15-minute walk away.
The temple's pagoda is 31 meters tall
It is the fifth oldest pagoda in Japan
Within the temple's grounds, you will find Hagi-Mon, the main gate leading into the temple. Legend states that it was carved from a single gargantuan chunk of bush clover wood. The five-tiered pagoda, built in 1348, is the fifth oldest of its kind in Japan. Donations from people living in the area funded its construction.
A wood-filled mountainside retreat
Myooin Temple is built on the side of Mt. Atago. The dense green wooded surroundings highlight the vibrant red and white buildings of the temple. Visit during fall, however, for a photo perfect fiery orange backdrop to the complex, or in winter when snow and ice contrast brilliantly with Myooin's vermilion architecture.