Kosan-ji Temple 耕三寺

The love of a son

When they want to give their mother a gift, some children give flowers, write a poem or compose a song. The businessman, Kanemoto Kosanji, opted for an unconventional present; a gift worthy of the gratitude he wanted to show his mother but also of his means!

For several decades, he devoted all his energy to building the Kosanji, which was inspired by his mother's favorite temples , including buildings listed as National Treasures.

No wonder then if during your visit certain elements remind you of other famous places in the archipelago such as the Imperial Palace in Kyoto , the Shitenno-ji in Osaka , the Hôryû-ji in Nara ... Here , any resemblance to existing buildings is purely coincidental!

Kosanji drew inspiration from buildings of different styles and eras ranging from the Asuka period (538-719) to the Edo period (1603-1868) .

Hondo of Kosanji, inspired by the pavilion of the Phoenix of Byôdô-in


At the very last level of Kosanji, one last surprise awaits the visitor: the Miraishin no Oka or Hill of Hope . Perched at the top of the hill, this garden entirely in Carrara marble was sculpted by Ittô Kuetani . This environmental sculptor, originally from Kozan in Hiroshima prefecture, worked between 1988 and 2000 on this monumental work; i.e. 16 years of labor to create a veritable immaculate white garden out of the blocks of stone.

The slightest element, the slightest shape of the garden, the sculpted monuments like "The Tower of Hope" or the "Celestial Cat" harmonize perfectly with the surrounding nature . A sublime contemporary creation worthy of this emblematic place of filial love.

The Hill of Hope


View from the top of Kosanji


Address, timetable & access

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    By boat: From Onomichi, 40 minutes by boat to Setoda Port or 25 minutes from Mihara Port By car: Nishiseto Expressway (Shimanami Kaido), 10 minutes from Ikuchijima-Kita Highway Interchange Exit ( coming from Honshu) or 10 min from the exit of the Ikuchijima-Minami highway interchange (coming from Shikoku)
  • Price

    Adult: 1,400 yen. Student: 1,000 yen. High school student: 800 yen. Child: free
  • Access

    Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Villa Choseikaku is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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