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Chorakuji 長楽寺 / ちょうらくじ


A famous garden that changes character with the seasons

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Chorakuji, located in Kiga of Hoseo-cho, Kita-ku in Hamamatsu City, has a history going back 1200 years to the Heian period, when it was opened by Kobo Daishi . The shrine was built for the purpose of viewing large, sacred rocks that receive sunlight form the north.
On the grounds of the temple there is a strolling garden known as one of Kobori Enshu's three famous gardens. A strolling garden is a style of Japanese garden that is best enjoyed by freely strolling around. Because the countless, small, white flowers on the dodan-tsutsuji bushes planted around the garden look so much like stars, the garden is known as the "Garden Full of Stars".

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The main building has already been demolished by age and what buildings remain are those built in the Edo period, such as the reception hall for the Kondo clan's (Kiga border caretakers) prayer temple, which has a panoramic view of the garden on its upper tier. The garden's scenery was designed around the mountain range behind the temple and the huge gleaming rocks on the mountain side. The pond in front of the reception hall is like a miniaturized version of the scenery of Lake Hamana. The stone walkway that extends from the main hall is known as the Plum Tunnel, and many people visit each season to enjoy its changing, natural beauty.

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The temple contains precious cultural objects that speak of its history, including the main image, one of Hayagriva (made in the Kamakura period 1185-1333), the temple gate (made mid-Edo period 1603-1868), an earthen wall (made in the Muromachi period 1336-1573), and the second oldest temple bell in Shizuoka prefecture (made in the Kamakura period 1185-1333).


Admission
Less than Junior high student FREE
Adult ¥300

Discounts for groups of 10 or more
Less than Junior high student
FREE
Adult ¥300



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