Japan Temples: Mitaki-dera
Mitaki-dera Temple in Hiroshima Prefecture is an historic Shingon-sect temple dating back to the year 809. The name means "Three Waterfalls Temple" as Mitaki does indeed have three falls within its grounds.
Water from the temple is offered at the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
The two storey vermillion pagoda at Mitaki-dera contains a statue of the Amida Buddha. The pagoda was brought to Mitaki-dera from Hiro-Hachiman-jinja in Hirogawa, Wakayama prefecture in 1951 to serve in a memorial service for the victims of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
Mitaki-dera is famous for its spring cherry-blossoms and the road leading to the temple is also lined with cherry trees. In autumn the spectacular red leaves draw many visitors to the temple.
Access - getting to Mitaki-dera
Mitaki-dera is a 20 minute walk from Mitaki Station on the JR Kabe Line with trains to and from Hiroshima Station. Alternatively take bus #22 from Hiroshima Station to Mitaki-kannon.
Images by Jake Davies