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Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple 

Doryo-san, an ancient temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism, was founded in the middle of the Muromachi period and has more than 4,000 schools nationwide.

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Temple

This is an ancient temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism located at the midpoint of Myojinga-dake in the Hakone Gairinzan (Outer rim of a crater). The temple was established in 1394 in the middle of the Muromachi period and has a history of about 600 years. It is the one of most prestigious Soto Zen temple after Eiheiji Temple in Fukui Prefecture and Sojiji Temple in Tsurumi, Yokohama, and has more than 4,000 schools nationwide.

The founder of the temple is Zen Master Ryoan-Emyo, and the principal deity is Shakamuni Buddha. The temple is also known locally as "Doryo-san," because the monk Doryo, a disciple of Zen Master Ryoan-Emyo, worked hard on the construction of the temple. There is a legend that after the death of Zen Master Ryoan-Emyo, he turned into a tengu and flew away. Since then, he has been enshrined as the temple's guardian deity. In honor of this, the temple grounds store a giant iron geta (clogs with thong) weighing 3.8 tons, as well as other iron geta of various sizes, and Tengu fans.

The precincts of the temple are lined with more than 30 towers, including the main hall, and the 3km-long approach from the Nio-mon gate is lined with cedar trees that are more than 500 years old; protected species of the prefecture. The seasonal nature is also a highlight, with cherry blossoms and wisteria in spring, hydrangeas in summer, autumn leaves in autumn, and snowy scenery in winter.

Highlights

  • The Soto sect temple was established in the first year of the Oei era, and has more than 4,000 schools nationwide.
  • The legend of Tengu remains, and many Tengu statues and Takageta (high wooden clogs with a thong) are stored here.
  • It is lined with cedar trees more than 500 years old, and seasonal flowers can be enjoyed in all four seasons.

Photos

  • The Sanmon Gate was built in 2003 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the death of Zen Master Ryoan-Emyo.

    The Sanmon Gate was built in 2003 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the death of Zen Master Ryoan-Emyo.

  • The main hall, rebuilt in 1954, was designed by Chuta Ito, a Buddhist architect representing the Showa era.

    The main hall, rebuilt in 1954, was designed by Chuta Ito, a Buddhist architect representing the Showa era.

  • The statue of the Great Tengu, a mountain priest who is said to have powerful divine powers.

    The statue of the Great Tengu, a mountain priest who is said to have powerful divine powers.

  • The "high geta (wooden clogs with thong)" dedicated to the shrine. Since clogs always function as a pair, there is a belief in marital harmony.

    The "high geta (wooden clogs with thong)" dedicated to the shrine. Since clogs always function as a pair, there is a belief in marital harmony.

  • This is the most popular flower in Saijoji Temple. The flowers usually bloom around the beginning of June and remain in full bloom until the beginning of July.

    This is the most popular flower in Saijoji Temple. The flowers usually bloom around the beginning of June and remain in full bloom until the beginning of July.

  • The autumn leaves are at their best when you feel the chill of early winter.

    The autumn leaves are at their best when you feel the chill of early winter.

Reviews

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  • otf99837221

    寺廟莊嚴寧靜,來箱根旅遊的遊客比較不會安排來這裡,淨化心靈的好場所。

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Details

Name in Japanese
大雄山 最乗寺
Postal Code
250-0127
Address
1157 Daiyucho, Minamiashigara City, Kanagawa
Tel
0465-74-3121 (Main number)
Holidays
Open every day
Hours
6:00am-4:00pm (The conferment place is open from 9:00 a.m.)
Admission
Free
Access
(1) From Izu-Hakone Railway Daiyuzan Station, take the bus bound for Doryoson (about 10 min.), get off at the last stop, and walk for about 10 minutes.
(2) Approximately 25 minutes by car from Odawara Interchange on the Seisho By-pass.
(3) Approximately 15 minutes by car from Oi-Matsuda Interchange on the Tomei Expressway
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)