Shoshazan Temple

Shoshazan Temple

Shoshazan Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Hyogo prefecture in Kinki district. The temple is dedicated to Nyoirin Kannon ( the Bodhisattva of Compassion ). It is the 27th temple of the 33 Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.This temple is famous for its amazing structures called Kake-zukuri (overhang style).

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Name Shoshazan Temple
"書写山圓教寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2968, Syosya, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, Japan
"兵庫県姫路市書写2968" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 4-minute ropeway ride from Ropeway Sanroku Station to Summit Station.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 079-266-3327


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Kojiki (古事記, "Records of Ancient Matters" or "An Account of Ancient Matters"), also known as Furukotofumi, is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan, dating from the early 8th century (711-712) and composed by O no Yasumaro at the request of Empress Genmei. The Kojiki is a collection of myths concerning the origin of the four home islands of Japan, and the Kami. Along with the Nihon Shoki, the myths contained in the Kojiki are part of the inspiration behind many practices. Later, the myths were re-appropriated for Shinto practices including the misogi purification ritual.

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