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Address: 553-2 Setodachosetoda, Onomichi 722-2411, Hiroshima Prefecture
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A successful millionaire build this huge complex of imitation temples and structure of white marble stones atop of the hill in memory of his late Mother. The admission fee is... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2015
Kawasaki, Japan
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

What a gem of a place! I knew it would be amazing before visiting it but I had no idea just how mind-blowing the real experience would be. It's not so much the main temple itself which was under renovation during my visit, it's the marble Hill of Hope at the back of the temple that completely took my breath... More 

Thank lhm17
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

the Hill of Hope was worth our 2 hours from Hiroshima cause it's so unique from other temples in Japan. you'd need to take the ferry crossing the the island and walk (about 10 mins) and climb to the hill. I'd recommend if you care about the marble/architecture.

Thank Dyu P
Milpitas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Stopped by as I was biking, spent about 2 hours. The marble was amazing, as was the cave of 1000 Buddhas. I went during a week day so it was very quiet and hardly anyone around. The marble statues are very unique and not like anything else I've seen. I don't speak much Japanese so I just walked around and... More 

Thank Urge4Vert
Shanghai, China
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Found this temple on our bike tour of the islands outside of Onamichi. It is near the ferry pier at Setoda Port. Amazing ornate carvings with polychromatic treatment and gold colors with a predominate orange theme. Very dramatic and beautifully unique! There is an interesting 1000 Buddha grotto walk which is amazing. We were lucky to arrive when there were... More 

Thank Lau_Wai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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139 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015

very view people visit this shrine. It is well worth spending the time going through it . the walk in the woods is also lovely. Penalty of hiking around as well.

Thank topkapitan
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

The temple area is rather large and the ticket covers multiple areas within the temple area. Apart from the colourful and intricately decorated temple, there was also an area within the temple grounds called 'Heights of Eternal Hope for the Future' which displays a collection of abstract marble sculptures which I found rather interesting especially against the backdrop of the... More 

Thank CalbeeKuma
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14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

This place has it all. It is beautiful and ornate. It has a buddah cave, giant statue, and beautiful white marble sculptures. You shouldn't miss this one.

Thank Stephanie M
Santa Cruz, California
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145 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2015

The temple grounds themselves are detailed and beautiful with several landscaped areas. What makes the temple unique is its long underground tunnel. It runs underground, up and down, about 100 yards or so. Its cool and damp and initially features depictions of damnation, then three-storied vaults with spiraling little statues and waterfalls, then wends it way back up through other... More 

Thank Tom H
Kawasaki, Japan
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311 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

A successful millionaire build this huge complex of imitation temples and structure of white marble stones atop of the hill in memory of his late Mother. The admission fee is rather high but worth the money. I was personally interested in the long cave in which many scenes of the HELL were seen

Thank Keizo
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56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

With my family we visited Japan in August 2014 and during our two days bike tour from Onomichi we stopped at Kosanji temple. It is a very diversified tample, different from all the other we visited in Japan (three weeks). Our childrens were really excited from the different scenes we found, from the giant woman statue, to the cave with... More 

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