Fukui's Beautiful Heisen-ji Temple

Once one of the biggest and most influential in Japan

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

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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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com