Day 30: No.70 Motoyama-ji (本山寺)

The main gate of No.70 Motoyama-ji

The first thing that struck me as I approached the temple was this construction site of the five-story pagoda. Oh… this is a pity. The main gate, designated as an important cultural property, has a nice atmosphere, but the signboard has been renewed, and it’s also bit pity that they wrote “The main gate, Important Cultural Property” on it which should have not been on the original one…

The precincts of Motoyama-ji

The main temple of No.70 Motoyama-ji is designated as a national treasure

There are various buildings in the precincts, including Goma-do. The main temple was built in Kamakura-era that remains intact and is designated as a national treasure. The curves of the roof are beautiful, and the building’s dark brown color gives it a simple but classic and strong atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the five-storied pagoda was under construction


The finial of the five-storied pagoda (which was under construction) was on display

I felt pity that the neighboring five-storied pagoda was still under construction. However, the finial of the five-storied pagoda, which is called “Sourin”, was on display instead, and I could see it just in front of me.

Considered to be connected with Buddha

The explanation about the main temple (national treasure)


A lattice with an interesting structure that hangs from the top.

The temple stamp of No.70 Motoyama-ji

Dedicated toBatou-Kanzeon-Bosatsu (馬頭観世音菩薩)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Koya-group (真言宗高野派)
Mantraおん あみりとう どはんば うん ぱった そわか
On Amiritou Dohanba Un Patta Sowaka
Next templeNo.71 Iyadani-ji (11.3 Km away)
Previous templeNo.68 Jinne-in & No.69 Kanon-ji (4.5 Km away)
No.70 Motoyama-ji