Walking on Drift Ice
Nestled in the hills of Obama City in Fukui Prefecture, Myotsuji Temple is a Buddhist Shingon sect temple erected in 806 by Shogun Sakanoue Tamuramaro, who resolved to build it after being inspired by a prophetic dream.
Rebuilt during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), both the main temple and its 22-meter three-storied pagoda are national treasures that attract throngs of visitors. Equally storied and cherished are the temple’s four wooden statues—the seated Yakushinyorai (Buddha who can cure all ills), the standing Jinja Daishou (a guardian deity) the standing Gouzanzemyou’ou (conqueror of the three worlds), and the standing Fudoumyou’ou (the Immovable)—all of which have survived since the late Heian Era (794-1185).
The whole complex is a restful, mossy and verdant oasis best accessed by car or taxi. Around the main temple, a host of hiking trails offer visitors full access to the temple’s rich historical legacy and natural gradeur.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 from December to February.)
Admission: Admission is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children.
Address: 5-21 Monzen, Obama City, Fukui Prefecture
Airport: Komatsu Airport
+81-770-57-1355 (Myotsuji Temple)
The temple is a 60-minute drive from the Hokuriku Expressway Tsuruga IC, and a 15-minute drive from the Maizuru Wakasa Expressway via the Obama IC.