1. Sesonji Temple
Shrines and Buddhist Temples

Sesonji Temple

The first meditation hall of the Nichiren School of Buddhism in Sado, located in an area of historic relics

Sesonji Temple houses a lovely green garden on its ancient grounds. Six temple buildings, including the main hall, are designated as Japan's Tangible Cultural Properties. Morikuni Endo, who was a member of Emperor Juntoku's troop and accompanied to Sado along with Emperor Juntoku, encountered Nichiren (founder of Nichiren School of Buddhism, exiled to Sado) and became a fervent follower of him. Sesonji Temple is a meditation hall established with Nikko, a leading disciple of Nichiren, as the head of the temple. The temple houses a mandala drawn by Nichiren Shonin, and also a drawing of Daikokuten (god of wealth) which Nichiren drew at the beach of Shibute (Mano) at the time of his departure from Sado after being pardoned. Mahori Hogan Yoshitaka, a master painter, donated a painting entitled Shibuya Daikokuten. Sesonji Temple is one of the temples on Sado's Seven Gods of Fortune pilgrimage route. Sesonji Temple is also known for its beautiful azalea.

Facility Basic Information

643 Takeda, Sado, Niigata 952-0302
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Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 30 minutes by car
Nearest bus stop
Takedabashi (Minamisen [South Line], Kuninaka Line, Kanamarusen Line) Approx. 20 minutes on foot from bus stop

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