Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Daiyuzan Saijo-ji // 大雄山最乗寺

Maybe some people don't know this, but I don't live in Tokyo.  I actually live in a city called Odawara which is 2 hours south of Tokyo.  Two weeks ago, I was on my own and most of my friends were busy so I decided to have an adventure day by myself.  I realized there were many places near me that I had yet to visit so I chose to explore one.  I chose Daiyuzan Saijo-ji, the 3rd most important Buddhist temple in Japan!


To get to Daiyuzan Saijo-ji, you must take the local Daiyuzan Line from Odawara Station to Daiyuzan Station, which is the last stop.  Then you can walk or take a bus.  I heard the walk is very nice, but I took a bus because I was alone and didn't want to get lost.


This temple is really beautiful- especially during the fall! I loved the nature here too, especially the waterfall. I took this little Vine that might give you a better idea of how it is in real life!


I read about this temple before I went, but for such a beautiful place, there isn't much English information on it available.  This was the most informative post I found.  I recommend reading it if you would like to know more history behind the temple- it's really interesting!  There also was not any English information available on site.  I had a lot of questions about things that I couldn't figure out the answers to.


There is a legend that if a pregnant woman can pass under the geta, she will have an easy delivery.

I highly recommend visiting this temple.  I think it might be one of my favorite places in Japan now.  It's a little off the beaten path but I think that makes it a truly unique place to visit.  Definitely try to go in the late fall so you can experience the different colors of the leaves.  I don't recommend this place if you aren't physically capable of walking because there are many stairs.


I want to thank Stasia for sending me corrections to the last post I made in Japanese. She is a really inspirational person and I love reading her blog.  Please check it out here at!
I think that I improved a bit from the last time I blogged in Japanese but I'm sure there are some errors in there.  If you find anything, feel free to email me at carlycarbonate(@)

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