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JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER

Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Shrines and Temples

Shizuoka

Hattasan Sonei-ji Temple'

The Hattasan (Sonei-ji Temple) is one of the "three mountains of Enshu" and has a long history. Under the edict of Emperor Shomu in 725, Priest Gyoki, seeking a site for a sanctuary to be dedicated to Maha-karuna Avalokitesvara (Bosatsu of Great Compassion), enshrined the statue of Avalokitesvara that he carved in this temple. The Avalokitesvara is believed to remove bad luck and many people visit here to pray. The Niomon Gate (Deva gate) and Kongo Goshurei Bell (set of five bells with different handles) are nationally Important Cultural Properties. The Temple is also famous for its over 700 cherry trees and the bad luck removing "dango (rice dumpling)" offered in the Edo Period (1600-1867) with a talisman to pray for "Buun chokyu (good luck to you on the battlefield)," "Tenga taihei (peace in the Emperor's realm)," and "Gokoku joju (abundant harvest of crops)."'

Address
2777 Toyosawa, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka

Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts

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Directions
JR/Fukuroi Station/Entetsu Bus/15 min./Hattasan Bus Stop/On foot/10 min.

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