A historic temple with a simple and rustic appeal; its Hondo (main hall) and three-story pagoda are National Treasures
It is said the Myotsu-ji was built in 806 by the 50th Emperor Kanmu (reign 781-806) to pray for the victory of a renowned military commander going on an expedition. The main hall is a national Treasure reconstructed in 1258. The simple and rustic wooden building with robust framework and pillars is full of dignity. The hall enshrines a statue of Yakushi Nyorai, its principal image.
A three-story pagoda standing in a grove at the back of the entrance way is also a National Treasure. The building with over a 1200-year history is 22 meter high. Its inside is decorated with colorful murals and enshrines three Buddha statues. The pagoda is usually not open to the public but you might have a chance to see them if you are lucky enough to visit the place at the time of ventilation of the pagoda, which took place several times a year.
Several kinds of cherry blossoms bloom from April to May every spring. In autumn, tree leaves turn red and yellow. How about looking at your inner self as seasons come and go?
Address: Monzen, Obama City, Fukui
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-17:00 (9:00-16:30 from December to February)
Admission Fee: 400 yen (adults); 360 yen (junior/senior high school students); 200 yen (elementary school students)
Directions: About 15 minutes by car from Obama Station on the JR Obama Line (2 hours and 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka; 3 hours from Nagoya). (Car) 20 minutes from Obama-nishi Interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway.