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Myojoji Temple (, Myōjōji) serves as the head temple of the Nichiren sect in the Hokuriku Region, which is composed of the northern part of the Chubu Region. The temple was founded in 1294 by the Saint Nichizo, who was a disciple of Nichiren himself.

Myojoji consists of a large complex of buildings set on top of a hill. Most of the present buildings date back to the 17th century, and the oldest, the priest's living quarters, was built in 1593. The temple buildings were constructed under the patronage of the Maeda Clan, that ruled the Kaga domain (present day Ishikawa and Toyama Prefectures) and was surpassed in wealth only by the Tokugawa.

The most striking feature of the temple is its five storied pagoda, which dates back to 1618 and stands almost 35 meters tall. The pagoda can be seen in the air when first approaching the temple grounds. To the right of the steps, that lead up to the pagoda, there is a statue of Nichizo, the temple's founder.

The temple's main gate contains statues of the Buddha's guardian deities and dates back to 1625, while the temple's Hondo ("main hall"), located near the center of the complex, was constructed in 1614. At the back of the temple, near the pagoda, there are a few small graveyards. Also on the temple grounds is a pleasant garden that has a view of the five story pagoda framed by tree branches.

Access

Myojoji can be reached by direct bus from Hakui Station on the JR Nanao Line (55 minutes and 830 yen from Kanazawa or 45 minutes and 590 yen from Wakura Onsen). From Hakui Station, take a bus bound for either Takahama or Togi and get off at the Mōjōji-guchi bus stop (, 20 minutes, 440 yen, about hourly departures). The temple is about a ten minute walk from the bus stop.

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Hours and Fees

Hours

8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from November to March)

Closed

No closing days

Admission

500 yen

Typical Visit Duration

About 20-40 minutes

English

Good