Attraction Choanji, 82 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0631, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Choanji Temple is special ?
Choanji Temple was founded more than 650 years ago in 1356. The serene temple structure is surrounded by nature, and visitors can enjoy the blossoming of seasonal flowers throughout the year. Choanji Temple is known in particular as a wonderful spot to enjoy the colorful Autumn leaves. There are more than 500 buddha statues in a forest, each figure presents a monk who has learned and been living at this temple. This brings the mystic atmosphere. The temple attracts not only with its colorful maple and ginkgo trees, but also with numerous small stone statues with various facial expressions around its forested grounds.
What to explore at Choanji Temple?
Visiting Choanji Temple, you are able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in this wonderful secluded temple. You can pray the good things for yourselves, for your family. Apart from blessing, you can go around and discover the temple. In the forest, you can find more than 500 arhat statue with various facial expressions around its forested grounds. These statues make the unique space at there. Going around the forest will caught more the stunning beauty of the nice temple.
Specially, in the Autumn, you can admire the spectacular view with the colorful leaves. With the red, yellow, violet colors, the temple are more mysterious in the nice location.
How to get to Choanji Temple?
Choanji Temple is located just a two minute walk from Sengoku (仙石) bus stop, which is served by Hakone Tozan Buses and Odakyu Buses. The one way ride from Hakone-Yumoto takes about 25 minutes and cost 750 yen, while from Togendai it takes 10-15 minutes and costs 440 yen. Buses depart several times per hour and are covered by the Hakone Free Pass.
- Wonderful secluded temple
- 500 Buddha statue in the forest
- Beautiful temple with the colorful Autumn leaves
- Unique temple, spectacular view
- Peaceful and serene place in Hakone
Choanji, 82 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0631, Japan
Tips for you
I found the Buddhism temple in Google Map near my hotel in Sengokuhara because it had a traditional Chinese name Chang'an (it's read as Choanji in Japanese but written as same kanji/character in both Chinese and Japanese). I'm very interested in the culture and history between China and Japan, so I made my trip to it. Even though we learnt that Buddhism has been practiced in Japan since Tang Dynasty, but this temple is not totally as same as Chinese. Partly, it has been Japanization. You don't need to wash your hand before you pray in Chinese Temple, but you need to in Choanji Temple. There is no tomb of ordinary people in Chinese Temple (At least I didn't find the ones. If you know, feel free to tell me. :) ),but there are a lot in Choanji Temple. You don't need to shake rings when you pray, but you need to in Choanji Temple. Eighteen Arhats in the temple are familiar to Chinese. The architecture made me think of Classical Gardens of Suzhou. The quiet path made me think of Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou. Indescribable feeling.