Hattasan Soneiji is a grand Buddhist temple in Fukuroi city which is 40 min. from Hamamatsu by car. This temple was built in 725 and is a year round favorite. Known to rid evil and ward off bad luck, droves of worshipers of all ages (some with pets) trek the path then up the stairs to light incense and pray the first week of every new year.
In Spring the view changes dramatically as 700 cherry trees blossom and fill the visitor's sight with many delicate dots of pink. The "Ten Thousand Light Festival(Mantousai)" is held in July with lanterns that create a comfortable, inviting and warm atmosphere.
Japanese tea from this region is prized throughout Japan and makes a wonderful gift as well as the Yakuyoke dango which is especially popular with locals both young and old alike. Food and other interesting and unique souvenirs are available from vendors, shops and restaurants. This temple is accessible by wheelchair.
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2777 Toyosawa Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka,
8:30am - 4:30pm
From Hamamatsu Station
JR Tokaido Main line get off at "AINO" station (25 minutes) then Taxi 10 minutes