The temple covers an area of around fifty thousand square meters and took over 30 years to be completed. Kosanji's visitors often get a strong feeling of deja-vu, since many of the structures of the temple are modeled after some of Japan's most famous architectural monuments from different eras, such as Nikko's Yomeimon Gate or the Byodoin's Phoenix Hall in Kyoto.
One of Kosanji's unique and original attractions is Miraishin No Oka, meaning The Heights of Eternal Hope for Future, an abstract sculpture garden which covers a surface of 5000 square meters and is located on a small hill at the top of the temple. All of the sculptures are carvings are made of imported pure Italian marble by the famous Japanese sculptor Kazuto Kuetani.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ferry 40 min. 800¥
Kosanji Temple can be reached on a 10 to 15 minute walk from Setoda ferry terminal.