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A Famous Temple Also Known as the “Temple of Hydrangeas” and “Temple of Flowers”.
Hondoji Temple is one of the key temples of Nichiren Buddhism, one of the branches of Buddhism in Japan. It was founded in the third year of Kenji (1277), when a Lotus Hall (Hokkedo) was built within the estate of the Hiraga family, and opened by Nichiren himself. It is the birthplace of Nichiren's disciple, Nizo. Beside the sculptor's hall, there remains a well, known as the "Miraculous Water of Nizo Bodhisattva's Birth", which is said to improve luck, safe childbirth, breastfeeding, academic success, and wish fulfillment. As a result of these reputed benefits, the temple garners substantial religious devotion.
The grounds are covered in a variety of trees and flowers, and you can enjoy its beautiful nature year-round. In particular, the temple is also known as the "Hydrangea Temple," as more than 10,000 hydrangea plants of approximately 10 varieties bloom beautifully in its grounds in June.
In June, over 10,000 hydrangea plants and over 5,000 flowers bloom.
During fall, around 1,500 trees change their color, covering the temple in red and yellow leaves.
The five-story pagoda and other buildings let you feel the history of the place.
- Name in Japanese
- 長谷山 本土寺
- Postal Code
- 63 Hiraga, Matsudo, Chiba
- No holidays
- 8:00am - 5:00pm (Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
- Junior high school students and older 500 yen, elementary school students and younger free
- About a 15-minute walk from the JR Joban Line’s Kita-Kogane Station
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)