The Mugonkan museum is an art museum that was built to commemorate the spirit of art students lost in World War II.
The main hall of Zensanji is an ancient temple located in the foothills of Mt. Tokko. The temple is said to have been founded as a hallowed ground for Homa ritual training by High Monk Kukai in 812 CE. Walking along the temple’s approach walkway and going through the gate reveals a beautiful three-storied pagoda with stone stairs extending out towards the south and ginkgo trees occupying the scenery in all directions.
Chuzenji is a temple that was established in 784 by the founder of Nikko, High Monk Shodo. It is a branch temple of the world heritage site, Nikko Zanrinnoji
Kitamuki Kannon is a sacred ground established by the priest, Jikaku Daishi Ennin, the leader of Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei in 825 at the beginning of the Heian Period.
Anrakuji is an extremely valuable National Treasure, three-storied pagoda and is the only octagonal spiritual tower in Japan. The pagoda is located halfway up the mountain, climbing up from the main hall of the temple and is stepped in the green of pine trees, giving the atmosphere a solemn, stately feel. The temple is thought to have been in the Kamakura Period (1185 to 1333 CE).
In 825, the year in which Kitamuki Kannon-Do was established, Jorakuji was built as one the three “rakuji.” It is the honbo (where the monks lied) of Kitamuki Kannon, and its enshrined deity, “the Discerning Amitabha,” is rare in Japan.
The three-storied pagoda of Daihoji has been beloved by the name of the “Pagoda of Reward.” One of the temple’s major characteristic features is its calm atmosphere which came about with changes to the shape of the temple as the initial load was particularly heavy and was redone with a simple two-bracket support column. The harmony with the surrounding wind direction has to be mentioned in a discussion of the pagoda’s beauty.