In 2015, for Golden Week, I visited Sakura City to see some old samurai houses as well as the castle ruins in Sakura. I went with a couple friends, Ru and Kaori, and as always, when you travel with Ru you always make detours to the temples and shrines. This is always fun and unexpected. We stumbled upon Daishoin, but we had no idea what it was called when we entered.
The entrance to Daishoin is a simple path with a simple entrance from the street. Once you turn the corner of the path you are in front of the main temple. Alternatively, you can enter via the parking lot which is not as nice.
Behind Daishoin is the typical Japanese cemetery. We ventured into that area and just got lost on our own. It was “divide and conquer” for us as we all just split off to see everything. Ru ran in first with me soon behind, following her luxurious red hair.
Japanese cemeteries are always interesting as they are very different to what I had ever known before. Christian cemeteries are pretty boring to me and seeing the rows upon rows of family graves is really different. The fact that it was nice and peaceful, and the fact that there was a beautiful bamboo forest just behind the temple, it made me wonder if I would want to be laid to rest in a place like this.
Daishoin is not a place for people who don’t care about temples. There are a lot of other things you can do with your time and for many people, after you see one temple you have seen them all. I still enjoy seeing new temples and just checking things out so as long as I have time, you can be sure that I will be checking them out.
- Daishoin (Sakura Travel Site – Japanese Only)