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The 100 Hometown Views of Fukui


Temples and Shrines

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【Entry Number 3】(Awara City)

Yoshizaki Gobo, Holy Site of St. Rennyo

Rennyo built Yoshizaki Gobo in 1471 atop the mountain where its remains still stand, as a headquarters for the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism in the Hokuriku Region.

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【Entry Number 14】(Eiheiji Town)

Eihei-ji Temple

Founded in 1244 by St. Dogen, who believed strongly in zazen as a tool for spiritual training, Eihei-ji Temple is the main temple of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism andhouses over 200 itinerant monks, training day and night to reach Buddhist enlightenment.

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【Entry Number 19】(Katsuyama City)

Hakusan Heisen-ji Temple

At approximately 200 hectares in area, Hakusan Heisen-ji Temple is one of the largest historic sites in Japan. Built by the grand monk Daicho in 717, it served as the headquarters of the Hakusan religion in the Echizen region, and at its peak housed 48 shrines, 36 temple halls, 6,000 monks, and sohei warrior monks.

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【Entry Number 44】(Ikeda Town)

Ikeda’s No Plays

Every February 15th, the No stage at Ukan Shrine comes alive with Ikeda-cho’s annual Mizuumi no Dengaku Nomai, a performance tradition that has continued for 750 years and been designated a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

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【Entry Number 62】(Echizen Town)

Chinju Forest and Tsurugi Shrine

Tsurugi Shrine has a history dating back nearly 1,800 years, is one of the two great shrines of Echizen alongside Tsuruga City’s Kehi Shrine and still active today in as a center of Shinto worship and religious ceremonies.

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【Entry Number 76】(Tsuruga City)

Kehi Jingu (Kehi Shrine)

Kehi Jingu, affectionately known as “kei-san” by locals, is said to have been built in 702 and is dedicated to the tutelary deity of the Hokuriku Highway as well as protector of what is now the city of Tsuruga.

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【Entry Number 83】(Mihama Town、Wakasa Town)

O no Mai, Dance of the Tengu

 Every May brings a performance of the O no mai, a traditional dance featuring a man dressed as a tengu (a common character in Japanese folklore) is performed at Mimi Shrine in Mihama-cho’s Miyashiro district. It is said that this dance’s origins lie with the imperial family, and several shrines throughout Wakasa hold performances of it.

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【Entry Number 91】(Obama City)

Old Temples and Buddhist Treasure of Obama

In Obama, which flourished as the major point of entry for Buddhist religion and culture into Japan, many old temples remain to this day.

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Fukui Prefectural Government
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