"Mikawa's temple of hydrangeas" and the family temple of the Fukozu-Matsudaira clan
It is said that Honkoji Temple was established by Tadasada, the founder of the powerful Fukozu-Matsudaira clan in the first half of the 16th century. It has been protected throughout the years as the clan's bodaiji—the temple to which a family' dead are entrusted generation after generation. Unusually, even after the clan left Fukozu for Shimabara Domain (in modern-day Saga Prefecture) and elsewhere, the remains of successive heads of the family continued to be laid to rest at Honkoji. It is also known as "Mikawa's temple of hydrangeas" (Mikawa Province being modern-day eastern Aichi Prefecture), and every year in June the temple grounds are buried in around 10,000 hydrangea bushes of many varieties. Hydrangeas in the rainy season, autumn foliage in the fall—the historied temple is also a great place to experience the beauty of the seasons.
In the rainy season, the beautiful hydrangeas of Honkoji captivate worshipers on their approach to the temple
The graves of generations of the Fukozu-Matsudaira clan are located on temple grounds
|Address||Uchiyama 17, Fukozu, Kota Town, Nukata County, Aichi|
|Phone||+81-564-62-1626 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||Temple can be visited at any time.
Treasure hall: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
|Holidays||Open every day
Treasure hall: Every Moday
|Admission fee||Temple grounds are free to enter.
East cemetery 100 yen
Treasure hall (Open for limited periods) Free
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Toyohashi Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 30 minutes, alight at "Sangane Station" and walk for approx. 5 minutes.|
|URL||Kota Tourism Association
updated on Mar 25, 2019
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