This is not grass, but moss, blanketing the grounds (Photo: Larry Knipfing)

Fukui's Beautiful Heisen-ji Temple

Once one of the biggest and most influential in Japan

Larry Knipfing   - 1 min read

Located at the base of the sacred Mt. Hakusan, the entire region was once home to an entire city consisting of 48 shrines and 36 temples. It was established in the 8th Century by Taicho Daishi. Sadly, in 1574, most of them were destroyed in a battle between warring clans and warrior monks. Now, though, you can visit the remaining, beautiful Heisen-ji Temple. Most striking are the tall majestic cedar trees, and the blanket of green moss covering the temple's precincts. Come in the early morning or evening to catch the best light. Busses available from the Echizen Line's Katsuyama Station.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30 years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! My other love is fiction writing and I have pub...