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Fukui's Beautiful Heisen-ji Temple

Once one of the biggest and most influential in Japan

Located at the base of the sacred Mt. Hakusan, the entire region was once home to an entire city consisting of 48 shrines and 36 temples. It was established in the 8th Century by Taicho Daishi. Sadly, in 1574, most of them were destroyed in a battle between warring clans and warrior monks. Now, though, you can visit the remaining, beautiful Heisen-ji Temple. Most striking are the tall majestic cedar trees, and the blanket of green moss covering the temple's precincts. Come in the early morning or evening to catch the best light. Busses available from the Echizen Line's Katsuyama Station.

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