Horaiji Temple and Horaiyama Toshogu-magnificent Mikawa views

Horaiji Temple

Introduction of Horaiji Temple

Horaiji is a temple of the Shingon Buddhism Gochi cult built at the foot of Mt. Horaiji in Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture.

Kaizan is known as Rishu Sennin and has been around for two years (702).

Horaiji-san (Horaiji-san), which is also designated as a national scenic spot and a natural monument, is a dead volcano with an altitude of 695m that was erupted by volcanic activity about 20 million years ago. The rock face is exposed in some places.
The fantastic rock surface was undoubtedly the target of nature worship, and has long been a sacred mountain on the mountain Shukendo.

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However, it is a mountain composed of rocks, so it is a steep slope, and it is impressive that Horaiji Temple was erected in such a place.

It is said that Gen Yoritomo revived in the Kamakura period .
In particular, the father of Gen Yoritomo, who was defeated in the war during the Heiji era, was killed in Owari. At this time, it is said that Gen Yoritomo fell to Horaiji Temple.
However, there are doubts in the record that he stayed at Horaiji Temple for three years, so while the story of the vassal who served Minayoshi and Minamoto was conveyed, I decided to say Minamoto Yoritomo. Did it happen? I feel like saying

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Later, during the Warring States period, the temple territory was donated by Nagashino Castle owner and Masanada Suganuma.
At that time, Naomasa Ii, who was still young in Iitani, began to aim for life and fled to Horaiji Temple with a monk called Shugen.

If Shingen Takeda becomes ill on the way to the west, he will take care of his lungs here at Horaiji Temple, but he is said to be on a return trip to Kai.

In addition, it is 300 stones from Hideyoshi Toyotomi .
In addition, Ikuyasu Tokugawa’s birth mother, Odai, visited Horaiji Temple and stayed at Takechiyo (Ieyasu Tokugawa), so he was heavily protected by the Tokugawa family during the Edo period.
In the end, it is said that 1350 stone was given as a territory, so it is amazing.
It is a bit like a flag.

The 3rd Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu not only renovated the temple at Horaiji Temple, but also built Horaiji Temple Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa, and was completed in 1651.

Horaiji Temple Sightseeing

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After climbing the above stairs, there was Horaijiyama Toshogu Shrine.
It is a very luxurious shrine. Together with
Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kunoyama Toshogu Shrine, it is called Japan 's Santoshogu Shrine .

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The following is the staircase that climbs Toshogu from the direction of Horaiji Temple.
I feel that it was hard to carry all these stones in the past.

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The main hall of Horaiji Temple was destroyed in 1914 and rebuilt.

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In the Meiji era, the JR Iida Line from Moto-Nagashino Station was extended to Shitara-cho on the Toyohashi Railway Taguchi Line, and a railway station was also established at the foot of Horaiji Temple.
However, the whole line was abolished at the end of August 1968 (Showa 43), and the remains of the railway can be glimpsed nearby.

Transportation to the Horaiji Temple

Currently, there are two ways to get to Horaiji Temple.

One way is to climb from the foothills, which is an old approach.
However, when climbing from the stone steps at Horaijiyama Omotesando, which is at the foot of the temple, there are 1425 steps. If you climb from the free parking at the foot, it takes 1.2 km to the main hall, about 90 minutes.
The photo below shows the direction of the foot.

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If you take the Toyotetsu Bus (Taguchi Shinjo Line) from Hon-Nagashino Station, you will get off at Horaiji Bus Stop at the foot.
* There is a Horaiji Sancho bus stop (the summit parking lot explained below), but the bus is operated seasonally, such as weekends and holidays in the autumn leaves season.

The other way is to climb at Horaijiyama Parkway, which opened in 1971.
Once a toll road, it is free from July 1, 2005.
However, Horaijiyama Parkway parking lot (mountain parking lot) at the end point became a paid parking lot at the same time as free opening.
Paid parking is open from 8:00 am to 18:00 in the evening and is closed at night.
The parking fee is 500 yen once.

The name of the summit is often seen at Horaiji Temple, but not on the summit but on the hillside near the summit.

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It is a 20 minute walk from the parkway parking lot (mountain parking lot) to the main hall of Horaiji Temple, but it is easy to walk because it is paved.

To the summit of Mt. Horaiji, 30 minutes from the main hall of Horaiji Temple and 10 minutes to the summit of Mt.
In other words, it will take about 60 minutes one way from the summit parking lot to the summit of Mt. Horaiji, so please confirm.

To reach the cliff called Setoiwa, it takes 3 hours one way from the parkway parking lot (mountain parking lot).

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In order to reach the summit in this way, climbing equipment is required.
If you only visit and visit Horaiji Temple (elevation 453m) and Horai Toshogu Shrine (473m) from the parkway parking lot (mountain parking lot) (elevation 493m), you can use ordinary shoes and it will take about 50 minutes to return It will be the required time.

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However, it is quite cold in winter when the wind is blowing.
In addition, it is paved and easy to walk to Horaiji Temple on a road large enough to pass cars, but recently it has become a fear of heights, so I think that there is a cliff below the cliff. I was scared.

If you stay near Horaiji Temple, there are some inns at Yuya Onsen at the foot of the east.
There are also cheap hotels.
Map of Horaiji Temple parkway parking