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 artDaigan-ji [大願寺]
Hoju-in Temple [宝寿院]
Shinkou-ji Temple [真光寺]
Tokuju-ji Temple [徳寿時]
Zonko-ji Temple [存光寺]
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.