Honrenji Temple

Tucked in the treetops facing the Ushimado marina, Honrenji temple has been discreetly overlooking the Ushimado bay since the 15th century. The three story pagoda, added in the 17th century, is one of the only rare pagodas in Japan directly facing the sea.

This Buddhist temple played an important part in the welcoming of illustrious guests. When the Korean delegation stopped by Ushimado during the Edo period (17th-19th century), the most distinguished people would sojourn in the main building of the temple grounds. With its contemplative atmosphere and scenic sea views, it is no surprise that the temple was chosen as their main residency.

 

Ushimado Shrine

You cannot miss the impressive entrance to the Ushimado Shrine. Right next to one of Ushimado’s main beaches at a foot of a hill stands a powerful stone torii from where the stairways towards the shrine begins. As you make your way up the stairs and into the lush forest, the sounds of the sea slowly fade away and the stillness of the forest takes its place.

The shrine is thought to have been established around a thousand years ago and is at the heart of many local legends. Today, many seasonal festivals take place, but its beauty and spirituality can be felt everyday throughout the year. The interior of the shrine is adorned with numerous paper lanterns and many historical paintings, giving it a very light and ceremonious atmosphere.

/ Price & Opening Hours

Free entry
Always open

Location

Honrenji Temple

3194 Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi, Okayama 701-4302

Access

By public transport:

Board the train on the Ako line from Okayama station and get off at Oku station (25 min). Spot the bus stop located in front of the station and hop on the bus heading to Ushimado (20 min). Get off at the last stop. Make your way by foot towards the main merchant street of Ushimado (around 5 min).

Another option is to simply grab a taxi at Oku station (around 20 min and 2500 to 3000 yen)

By car :

53 minutes by a car from Okayama station.

Useful information:

Free parking next to the entrance and near the marina.

/ Price & Opening Hours

Free entry
Always open

Location

Ushimado Shrine

〒701-4302 Okayama, Setouchi, 牛窓町牛窓2147

Access

By public transport:

Board the train on the Ako line from Okayama station and get off at Oku station (25 min). Spot the bus stop located in front of the station and hop on the bus heading to Ushimado (20 min). Get off at the last stop. Make your way by foot to the shrine by strolling through the traditional area of Ushimado (around 25 min).

Another option is to simply grab a taxi at Oku station (around 25 min and around 3000 yen).

By car :

53 minutes by a car from Okayama station.

Useful information:

Free parking available near the beach area at the bottom of the stairway as well as upon the hill right at the entrance of the shrine.