Enjoy a 10 km walk round trip from Shuzenji Temple to Okunoin Temple while viewing landscapes of local forests with wild grasses and flowers in full bloom.
【Shuzenji Okunoin Temple】
Okunoin temple is said to be the place where the Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi (774-835) underwent his meditative training.
Long time ago, a lot of evil spirits settled in the whole area around the temple and the local people lived in fear every day.
Legend has it that Kobo Daishi was sorry for the locals, then in order to drive away evil spirits, he wrote the Buddhist scriptures in the sky.
The scriptures shining with gold emerged in the air and locked the evil spirits inside rock.
The site Kobo Daishi trapped evil spirits still exists in Okunoin Temple and Aun-no-Taki falls are flowing down over the rock surface.
Many people visit there as a spiritual site.
On the way to Okunoin Temple, you’ll see a beautiful rural landscape.
In the tour, we also visit the grave of a warlord in the 12th century and the hill behind Shuzenji Temple where we can look out over Shuzenji Spa Town.
Visit Shuzenji & walk in the steps of one of Japan’s most famous Buddhist Monks
Bamboo Grove Path
Keikoku district (rural area)
Kaze-no-Michi (Path of the Wind)
Grave of Minamoto no Noriyori
Fuyo (old folk house café)
Sensho-no-Mori (a forest of maples, winter sweets, Heiwa Kannon Statue)
Availability/ Operating Hours
Tours year-round (except year-end and New Year holidays)
We recommend the seasons from March to June or from September to December