【Hiroshima・Hatsukaichi】 A guided tour to the temple of the sky! ~Unseen Gokurakuji temple and a huge wooden Buddha~

【Hiroshima・Hatsukaichi】 A guided tour to the temple of the sky! ~Unseen Gokurakuji temple and a huge wooden Buddha~

Plan ID: 21855
Provided by:​ ​​ ​ネットマーケットジャパンコーポレーション株式会社

Price list

6,680Yen ~ (tax included)

Fee per person / 2/3 participants
Hiroshima / Hiroshima and Miyajima
tour / 史跡・名所巡り
  • Empty-handed
  • Pick-up available
  • Available - rain or shine
  • Children admitted
  • Time required
    1-2 hours
  • Participating age
    Age 3 ~ 80
  • Number of participants accepted
    2 to 10 people
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Plan description

This tour is conducted by a chief priest of Gokurakuji temple located close to the top of Mt.Gokurakuji which is 693 m. high.
Gokurakuji is an old temple erected 1200 years ago. The pathway from the parking lot to the temple is covered with forest, and as soon as you step into the precincts of the temple you can see a breathtaking view of the Miyajima island in the Seto Inland Sea. Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable experience of a temple standing on top of the mountain overlooking the sea but also you can see a huge wooden Buddha placed in Amidado. This Amitabha Buddha is the third largest statue in Japan which is 8 m. tall and its width is about 6 meters.​ ​​ ​

Beside this wooden Buddha you will be provided with detailed information about Hondo, Kannon Bosatsu statue and other highlights of the temple listed as Important Cultural Asset. Finally, we move to the room called "Tenkunoma" and have a delicious matcha-tea and traditional sweets with the priest. You can enjoy the view as this room overlooks the Seto Inland Sea and Miyajima. You can also see a lot of Buddhist paintings in this room and relax. Moreover, the temple is surrounded by several hundred years old Japanese cedar and oak trees which are a must-see point.
English interpreter is available.

At Gokurakuji you can also make a handwritten copy of sutras!

A sutra copying experience is held in "Tenkunoma" hall only on Sundays afternoon for at least 2 participants.
We conduct the experience on weekdays if minimum 10 participants are available. Advance reservation is required. Feel free to contact us.​ ​
A guided tour of Gokurakuji can be arranged for extra 1,500 yen per person. The duration is about 1 hour.
You will copy sutras on a special altar prepared in the tatami room and also you will be served matcha-tea with traditional sweets. Not available during the temple events.​ ​

You might also like to visit the Janoike pond!

There is a pond called Janoike which is a popular tourist attraction just 20 minutes away from Gokurakuji.
You can enjoy seasonal flowers, fresh green, autumn leaves along the 5600 m walking trail. Especially in June, water lilies that cover the pond are splendid.
There are a lot of carps and turtles in the pond which are very friendly and used to people. They come up towards you if you approach the pond.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to visit the pond after the tour of Gokurakuji temple.

~ Flow of the day ~

① Assemble in front of the temple office
② A chief priest starts a tour​ ​
He will introduce the Hondo, the Amidado and a wooden Buddha.
③ See pictures at reception hall depicting scenes of Hell.
④ Matcha-tea and traditional sweets will be served in the tatami-room "Tenkunoma"
⑤ Photo shooting and the tour ends.


Minimum number of people 2 people
Number of participants accepted 2 to 10 people
Schedule ※ No tour during temple events.
Start time Please arrive at the appointed time.
Reservation deadline 4 days before

Access and map


〒738-0031 広島県廿日市市原2180 極楽寺

Assemble point

"Gokurakuji" 2180 Hara Hatsukaichi city Hiroshima Prefecture 738-0031
We can meet you at JR Hatsukaichi station in front of north entrance and arrange taxi. Feel free to contact us.


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Basic charge

2-3 participants per person 6,680yen
4-10 participants per person 5,810yen

※Above prices include all taxes.
※ This is a basic fee.
* Prices may vary depending on the schedule, so please see the price list displayed after selecting the date.

Included in price Guide by a chief priest, interpreter fee, matcha-tea and sweets, insurance, consumption tax
Not included in the price Taxi or other transport fees

About payment / cancellation

About payment Cash payment on the spot or advance credit card payment.
Payment method The ways assigned by operators.
Indication on Specified Commercial Transactions Law Indication on Specified Commercial Transactions Law
About cancellation fee Please note that the following cancellation fee is applied if cancelled by a customer.
The day before: 30%
On the day / without prior notice: 100%

Advance preparation

Clothings and must-bring items No special requirements.​ ​
About rental items No special requirements.​ ​

Facility information

Changing room Restroom shower
Parking Lot Locker


Matters require attention How to reach
① About 2-hour walk through the mountain
JR Hatsukaichi station North entrance (5 m) → 20 min → Taira Tozanguchi (30 m) → 30 min → Gokurakuji bridge (150 m) → 80 min → Gokurakuji (661 m)
② Use car or a taxi
From JR Hatsukaichi station north exit, it will take 30 minutes one way and cost between 3,000-3,500 yen per taxi for 4 passengers.
Other notices No smoking within the premises.

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  • Time required
    1-2 hours
  • Participating age
    Age 3 ~ 80
  • Number of participants accepted
    2 to 10 people

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