It is said that the Myo-o-in was built at the beginning of the 9th century by the priest Kobo Daishi (Kukai), who studied Buddhism in China and worked to spread Buddhism in Japan. The main hall, which is designated as a National Treasure, was rebuilt in 1321. The architectural style of this building is a combination of distinct features of traditional Japanese architecture and architecture from China.The main gate, which serves as the entrance to this temple, is also called Hagi-mon. It is said to have been made from one piece of bush clover wood. The five-storied pagoda, a type of architecture that has existed in Japan since ancient times, was built in 1348. This five-storied structure is designated as a National Treasure. Standing 31 m high, it is the fifth oldest in Japan of the five-storied pagodas that are designated as National Treasures. Although many Buddhist temples and pagodas were built by the rulers of their respective locales and times, this five-storied pagoda was built through donations collected from the people.
Address: 1473 Kusado-cho, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima
Admission Fee: Free in the temple precincts
[Bus]JR Fukuyama Station/Bus/15 min./Kusado-ohashi Bus Stop/On foot/10 min.