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Published on 06.29.2016
When you first come to Japan, you may feel a tad bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of historical and beautiful sightseeing spots there are to choose from. One of the hardest thing for first-timers is deciding which temples and shrines to see and which ones to miss or skip. There are simply far too many temples and shrines to realisticly visit. And while most temples and shrines are quite similar and have pretty similar layouts and structures, there are a few that stand out above the rest. Heisenji Hakusan Shrine is one of those special few.
Heisenji Hakusan Shrine is one of Japan's most famous "kokedera" or moss temples. The entire grounds are covered in beautiful moss creating a very unique and beautiful atmosphere. While it's not the largest temple out there, it's seclusion from the big cities and hustle and bustle give it a serene atmosphere that most Kyoto and Nara temples can't provide. Located near Mt Hakusan (hence the name) in Fukui Prefecture which is near the western coast of Japan, Heisenji has a long history. However, like most old temples and shrines it has been destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed, rebuilt.
There is also a beautiful lake nearby that supposedly is home to the spirits of Mt Hakusan.
If you are in the western Japan area and want to visit a kokedera that doesn't require reservations 3 months in advance (I'm looking at you Saihoji in Kyoto), then come check out Fukui's secluded and tranquil kokedera, Heisenji Hakusan Shrine.
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Source: Japan Travel