Part of a World Heritage Site on holy Mount Misen, Daishoin Temple commands reverence as one of the most prestigious temple complexes in West Japan. Nested at the foot of a thickly forested mountain on Itsukushima Island, the location offers panoramic views of the bay. One of the oldest temples in Itsukushima, the head shrine of Shingon Buddhism has been important since the ninth century. Ring the bell the run a gauntlet of 500 statues, which depict disciples with knitted red and white caps, each of whom has a peculiar facial expression. You can also see Henjokutsu, lit with hundreds of lanterns, and a reposing statue of Shaka Buddha entering nirvana. Arrange your visit to Daishoin Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hatsukaichi using our Hatsukaichi visit planner.
Tours to Daishoin Temple
Hiroshima & Miyajima 1-Day Tour from Hiroshima BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $139
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Hiroshima City & Miyajima UNESCO World Heritage Full Day Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $66
Duration: 8 hours
Daishoin Temple reviews
Most people come to visit the famous torii and doesn't have time to visit other parats of the island. Daishoin Temple is one of the most impressive temples I visited in Japan. It is located in the... more »
What I like about Japanese religion and its places of worship is that they treat them serious. In terms of cleanliness, architectural beauty and uniqueness of style and craftsmanship are they really..... more »
This place was incredible! A must go! We only had a half hour to explore but I wish we went here first and spent less time at Tori Gate.
Absolutely amazing! You can make this a day trip or even stay a few nights to experience the beauties of this mountainous island. The shrine itself has so much history and character, you’ll never want to leave.
Plan your trip to Hatsukaichi
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
Side trips from Hatsukaichi
Hidden gems in Hatsukaichi
Nearby attractions in Hatsukaichi
Plans to Daishoin Temple by other users
16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 60 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium