Cape Hinomisaki/Dojo-ji Temple

Wakayama, Kansai

Cape Hino-misaki, a vista of the Pacific Ocean. Dojo-ji, the oldest temple in Wakayama dating back to the early 8th century.

Cape Hinomisaki is a cape in the western part of the Kii Peninsula. The Shirama-sanmyaku Mountain Range ends in the ocean-facing cliffs of Mt. Hinoyama. The area around the lighthouse at the cape is Hinomisaki Park, with promenades as well as a view spot at an elevation of 200 meters overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful pinewoods of Enjugahama Coast are 500 meters wide and extend for 6 kilometers. In the early 20th century, people who have immigrated to Canada or America, and those who returned to Japan built houses in a Western style, painted white or having a tiled roof with stucco. This exotic village is called America-mura, or American Village.

Dojo-ji Temple is located in the northeast of Cape Hinomisaki and is the oldest temple in Wakayama, erected by the Emperor of that time in the early 8th century. The red-painted Nio-mon Gate, and the Hon-do, or Oratory, and many cultural properties are owned by the temple, such as the wooden sculpture of Senju-kan'non, or thousand armed Goddess of Mercy (Avaloketeshvara), a national treasure; Nikko and Gakko Bosatsu, or Boddhisatva of Sunlight and Moonlight; two Bishamonten or Vaishravana; Shi-ten'no (the four Devas) and two volumes of Dojo-ji-engi, a scroll picture in the 14th century.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] From Tokyo Station, 2 hours 30 minutes by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Shin-Osaka Station. From Shin-Osaka Station, 1 hour and 38 minutes by JR Hanwa-kisei- Line Express Train to Dojo-ji Station. Take bus to Hinomisaki, 40 minutes.

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