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Minobusan Kuonji Temple
This historic temple is famous for its beautiful weeping Sakura cherry tree.
Kuonji is a historic temple standing atop Mount Minobu, a peak rising 1153 meters above sea level. Saint Nichiren, the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, is enshrined here.
Within the grounds of Kuonji stands a famous weeping Sakura cherry tree, said to be about 400 years old. Every spring, its branches are laden with pale pink cherry blossoms.
From the Sanmon Gate to the Main Hall, there is a steep stairway of 287 steps, called “Boteitei”. This highlight is recommended as a challenge for those who have confidence in their legs and hips.
There is also a ropeway taking you up to the peak of Mount Minobu in about 7 minutes. At the peak, the inner sanctuary may be visited. From the observatory, take in panoramic views of magnificent natural scenery.
The end of March to the beginning of April is the best time to see the weeping Sakura.
For visitors who may have difficulty using the stairs, the elevator is recommended.
The famous sweet dumpling, “minobu-dango”, is sold at a souvenir shop at the peak.
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English pamphlets available.
Do you have temple’s red ink stamps?
Is parking available?
There are parking lots near Kanromon Gate and at Seishin Parking Lot (Seishin Parking Lot is the largest).
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 3567 Minobu, Minamikoma-gun Minobu-cho, Yamanashi
*The Treasure House is closed on Thursdays (When it falls on a national holiday, it is closed the next day.)
April to September: 5:00am-5:00pm
October to March: 5:30am-5:00pm
*Treasure House Admission: Adults 300 yen; High School and College Students 200 yen; Junior High and Primary School Students 100 yen
- From Minobu station on the JR Minobu Line, take a bus for about 15 minutes. Get off at Minobusan bus stop and walk about 15 minutes.
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)