Miyajima ‘Koji-meguri’ Temple x Art Walk

While Miyajima is best known for Itsukushima Shrine, the temples of Daigan-ji which is next to the shrine and sprawling mountainside Daishoin are also some of the most visited places on the island. Visitors, however, mostly pass by the many more temples in the historical district. The Koji-meguri Temple x Art Walk event aims to draw attention to these equally venerable temples by pairing them with artworks.

As well as at Daigan-ji [大願寺] and Daisho-in [大聖院], artworks which include calligraphy, ceramics sculpture and contemporary installations can be seen at Komyo-in [光明院], Hoju-in Temple [宝寿院], Shinkou-ji Temple [真光寺], Tokuju-ji Temple [徳寿時], Fudoudo [不動堂] and Zonko-ji Temple [存光寺] between April 2 and May 29. Making your way between the temples is a way to explore some of Miyajima’s backstreets and provides an alternative route to Itsukushima Shrine or back to the ferry terminal that is firmly off the tourist track.

The temples and the art

Daigan-ji [大願寺]

Daiganji Temple 宮島大願寺

By Keiko Toriyabe
By Keiko Toriyabe
By Nobuko Natsume
By Nobuko Natsume

 

Daisho-in [大聖院]

Daishoin Temple 宮島大聖院本堂

By Mitsue Fujimura
By Mitsue Fujimura
By Satoru Kuwata
By Satoru Kuwata

 

Komyo-in [光明院]

Komyoin Temple 光明院

By Yokoyama Yuusui
By Yokoyama Yuusui

 

Hoju-in Temple [宝寿院]

Hoju-in Temple 宝寿院

By Nagi Nakayama
By Nagi Nakayama
By Chisio Fukushima
By Chisio Fukushima
By Fanny Harlan
By Fanny Harlan

 

Shinkou-ji Temple [真光寺]

Shinko-ji Temple 真光寺

By Kazunori Sasaki
By Kazunori Sasaki
By Saeki Isao
By Saeki Isao

 

Tokuju-ji Temple [徳寿時]

Tokuju-ji Temple 徳寿寺

By Kouka Yuuki
By Kouka Yuuki
By Bion Iseijin
By Bion Iseijin

 

Fudoudo [不動堂]

不動堂

By Chuushi Murakami
By Chuushi Murakami
By Tsuyoshi Shouji
By Tsuyoshi Shouji

 

Zonko-ji Temple [存光寺]

Zonko-ji Temple 存光寺

By Terumi Yamamoto
By Terumi Yamamoto
By Yoshiki Yokota
By Yoshiki Yokota

 

Pick up a pamphlet at the ferry terminal and collect 4 stamps from 8 of the Koji-mguri locations for the chance to win a stay at a local hotel or a box of Momiji-manju maple leaf cakes.

The Koji-meguri Temple x Art Walk event is being held in conjunction with the Shima-akari illumination event as part of the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the designation of Itsukushima Shrine as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so be sure to stick around after dark.

 

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