Shinshoji Temple in Fukuyama Area

Shinshoji Temple in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan

Shinshoji Temple, also known as Kannon-ji Temple, is a Buddhist temple located in the Fukuyama area of Hiroshima, Japan. The temple is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion.

The temple was founded in 806 AD by the monk Gyoki and has been an important place of worship for over a thousand years. The main hall of the temple, known as the Kannon-do, is a designated National Treasure of Japan and is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the country.

Visitors to the temple can explore the beautiful grounds, which include a pond, a pagoda, and a cherry blossom garden. The temple is particularly popular during the cherry blossom season, when the grounds are covered in a sea of pink flowers.

One of the most unique features of the temple is the "Tunnel of Light", a 330-meter long tunnel that leads to the main hall of the temple. The tunnel is lined with thousands of small lights, creating a magical and otherworldly atmosphere.

Another popular attraction at the temple is the "Fortune-telling Bamboo Grove". Visitors can shake a bamboo cylinder filled with numbered sticks until one falls out, which corresponds to a fortune written on a piece of paper.

Shinshoji Temple is located at approximately 34.4619° N, 133.2622° E. Admission to the temple is free, but there is a small fee to enter the Kannon-do hall. The temple is open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm.