Minobusan is the head temple of Nichiren-shu founded by Nichiren Shonin more than 740 years ago. You will experience the spiritual feelings by simply strolling around the sacred mountain area, tasting “Yuba” a vegetarian food made of soybean milk skin, listening to recitations of Lotus Sutra by monks and followers and writing “Shakyo”, a hand copying of sutra, with a writing brush.
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Minobusan bus terminal
From late March through early April is the best season for watching cherry blossoms in the temple area!
Temple Gate called “Sanmon” is 21m(69ft) high and one of the three largest temple gates in Japan. The gate symbolizes the three (“San”) gates (“Mon”) of liberation: emptiness, formlessness and desirelessness before reaching the Buddhist paradise.
Bodai-tei, 287 stone steps going 104m(341ft) high divided into seven sections: these evoke the seven letters of the “Odaimoku” mantra, 南無妙法蓮華経 or Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.
Giant Black Dragon Painting on the ceiling of the Main Hall drawn by Matazo Kayama. The dragon has five fingers and were used as the stamp of ancient Chinese emperors.
Treasure House exhibiting national treasures and important cultural properties. Experience “Shakyo”, a hand-copying sutra.
Grave of Captain James who arrived in Japan in 1866 and played an important role in establishing the Japanese navy. He later became a believer in Buddhism.
Okuno-in Shishin-kaku Hall located at the top of Minobu-san, 1,153m(3,782ft) high. Can be reached by a 7 minute ride on the ropeway from the Main Hall station. It has great views of Mt. Fuji, Southern Alps, Fuji river, and Suruga bay facing the Pacific Ocean.
Minobu “Yuba”, folded sheet-shaped food made of soy milk skin. “Shojin Ryori”, a vegetarian dish, including Yuba plates, will be tasted at a traditional temple lodging. Yuba has been an important source of protein for Buddhist monks who are prohibited to eat meat.
Feel the history of Minobusan by watching the Weeping Cherry Trees, 400 years old, on the temple grounds (flowering season: from March through April) and the Avenues of Cedars alongside Bodai-tei and up to Okuno-in.
Minobusan bus terminal
In this one day tour, you can experience the feelings of one of the major Japanese Boddhist sects, Nichiren-shu by visiting historical architectures, walking the avenues of giant ceder trees, tasting “Shojin Ryori” a vegetarian dish for monks, and hand-writing “Shakyo”, a hand copying sutra.
1) ropeway fee (1,400 yen per person, round trip).
2) Treasure House entrance fee including “Shyakyo” writing (300 yen per person).
3) lunch at a temple lodging (2,500 yen per person including a pickup service).
4) transportation from your hotel to Minobusan bus terminal.
Note: The costs of 1) through 3) for both the customer and the guide shall be paid by the customer.
In this tour you will be requested to walk mountain trails, climb stone steps or slopes, 5 to 15 minutes each. Therefore, some experience in walking or hiking, wearing appropriate clothes and waking or hiking shoes are required.
For those who have difficulty in accessing Minobusan area early in the morning, especially from Tokyo or Osaka, you may stay in one of the 20 temple lodgings in Minobusan area previous night at an extra cost.