LOCATION

Hokiin Temple

Constructed 726

法起院

This temple is tucked away on a side street in the town around Hasedera Temple. The principal object of worship here is a seated statue of Saint Tokudo, who founded Hasedera Temple. This is the place where he secluded himself in the final years of his life. Though small, it’s a beautiful temple.

LOCATION

Hours
8:30 to 17:00 (Mar. 20 to Nov. 30);
9:00 to 16:30 (Dec. 1 to Mar. 19)
Admission fee
Voluntary donation
Address
776 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬776
Access
3 min. walk from Hasedera Temple
Sightseeing Duration
15 to 30 min.
Website
http://www.houkiin.or.jp/

Yokitenman Jinja Shrine

與喜天満神社

Climb a beautiful stairway rising up from the old station town around Hasedera Temple to arrive at this shrine.

The shrine is located atop Mount Yoki, which has been revered since ancient times in the Yamato Area as the “sacred mountain from which the sun first rises.” It has been mentioned in the Kojiki (711) histories, the Nihon Shoki (720) historical chronicle, and the Manyoshu (759) poetry collection.

LOCATION

Hours
Your choice
Admission Fee
Free
Address
14 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬14
Access
10 min. walk from Hasedera Temple
Sightseeing Duration
30 to 60 min.
Website
http://yokiten.com/

Monzen Town

門前町

A town for Hasedera Temple worshipers. It is a traditional street packed with food vendors, souvenir shops, inns, and other stores. You can enjoy their famous Japanese mugwort rice cakes and somen. There are traditional Japanese inns and guest houses both old and new. It is best to stay here in order to observe the ritual in the early morning.

LOCATION

Viewing times
April - September 8:30-17:00
October - March 9:00-16:30
Admission Fee
Admission Adult / Jr & Sr high school students ¥500
Elementary school / disabled persons ¥250
Address
731-1 Hase, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市初瀬731-1
Access
About 21 minutes from Sakurai Station ¥210
Kintetsu Sakurai Station → (Limited Express [Jyunkyu] bound for Nabari / Isuzugawa or Standard [Futsu], either for two stations / 6 minutes) → Hasedera Station → 15 minutes on foot → Hasedera Temple
Sightseeing duration
2 hours - 4 hours
Tel
0744-47-7001

Kasayama Sampoko Jinja Shrine

笠山三宝荒神社

This shrine is located atop the 480 m-tall Mount Jubu, also called Kasayama. The deity honored here is associated with kitchens, known as Kojin.

Taboo to the people of distant antiquity and lush with massive trees, Mount Jubu was revered as a mountain embodying the divine. Though difficult to get to without a car, the mountain is relatively unknown and presents the possibility of a mysterious, mystical experience.

Akai Fudo Myoo Wisdom King / Constructed in the 9th Century

Kukai, the monk who founded the temples of Mount Koya, made a visit here and conducted aesthetic practice at the temple’s pond for 21 days. Afterwards, he went on to establish Mount Koya temples in the mountains of Wakayama. However, the work met with disaster and disease. He returned to undergo water purification once again, enshrining the Fudo Myoo Wisdom King here and supplicating the Buddhas and Kojin for Mount Koya’s sake. With this, it’s said he at last succeeded in his endeavor.

LOCATION

Hours
Your choice
Admission Fee
Free
Address
2415 Kasa, Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
奈良県桜井市大字笠2415
Access
Train from Sakurai station, then about two hours of walking
Sightseeing Duration
1 to 2 hours