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Today, many people get tired of their busy lifestyle. If you are one of them, I suggest you see the cherry blossoms in Kongourinji temple in Shiga prefecture. Kongourinji temple was built in the 8th century and is famous for its picturesque scenery with cherry blossoms I spring and autumn leaves. The cherry trees grow up in a large and quiet place. So, with such a beautiful surrounding you will definitely feel free and calm. In this article, I am going to introduce you to Kongourinji temple, talk about some of its attractive points, and let you know what you should do to enjoy hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) comfortably.
Kongourinji temple was built in 741. A famous monk, Saichyo established this temple. He wanted to let people know that no matter how small the things they did, it helps people if they did their best. Now, monks take care of the temple with the thought that they should do whatever makes people feel relieved. So, when you visit this sacred place, you are sure to relax and feel calm. Currently, Kongorinji temple is one of the three Koto Sanzan temples of the Tendai Sect. The main building of the temple dates back to the Kamakura period (1192 to 1333), and the gardens to the Azuchi-Momoyama – mid-Edo period (1573 – 1868). The temple is a national treasure and a place of the scenic beauty.
In the temple precincts, a big pagoda will surely bring you excitement. It is surrounded by many cherry trees. So, its dark color makes a great contrast with the flowers, and it looks fantastic. While you see the pagoda quietly, you will feel as if you are in heaven, and the temple is the secret home of God.
Besides the picturesque Pagoda, you should not miss seeing charming Sentai Jizo statues. They look astonishing especially in fall under the crimson leaves.
When visiting the temple, you will see two types of cherry trees. First is “Someiyosino”. Someiyosino is the most famous type of cherry trees in Japan (about 80% of Sakura trees in Japan is Someiyosino). Its flowers are big and colorful. So, most of the Japanese people think that Someiyosino is the most beautiful type of Sakura. The second is “Higanzakura”. Needless to say, it is very beautiful. Also, its flower name means “The peace of heart” and matches the concept of Kongourinji temple. Higanzakura probably will remind you of peace in your heart.
Dates (blooming period): Early April – Early May
8:30 – open
16:30 – close
Place: Kongourinji temple
Address: Matsuodera 834, Aiso, Aichi, Shiga Prefecture
Entrance fee: 600 Yen adult, 200 Yen child
Official website (Japanese only): http://kongourinji.jp/
From JR Tokai line Inae station 15 minutes by bus.
From Meishin road Hikone IC 20 minutes by car.
Parking: Free parking lots are available
Kongourinji is famous for its history and cherry blossoms. If you go there, you will definitely relax by seeing colorful flowers. Local goods and food are also great. Besides, you will most certainly want to enjoy seeing autumn leaves in the fall. Kongourinji temple disappoints no one. Don’t miss the exciting chance to see it!
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