Western Tama Area - Guide
Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple [高尾山薬王院] link
Yakuoin is a prominent Shingon Buddhist temple located near the top of Mt Takao-san 599m/1965ft high. Unless you want to do some hiking, use the chairlift or cable car for 930yen round trip, going up constantly or every 15 minutes respectively during the daytime (their destinations are almost the same so take whichever you like).
Near Keio Line Takaosanguchi Sta.
Musashi Ryobochi Imperial Graveyard [武蔵陵墓地]
9:00-16:00; free; open daily
This graveyard, which has an atmosphere of a Shinto shrine, is the only official cemetery for Emperors in eastern Japan because the Imperial family had lived in western Japan until the Meiji Era. Here buried are the 123th Emperor Taisho, his wife Empress Jomei, the 124th Emperor Showa and his wife Empress Kojun.
Near JR & Keio Line Takao Sta.
Hachioji Castle [八王子城跡]
Hachioji castle, built upon a 445-meter (1460-foot) mountain, was constructed and destroyed in the 16th century. Though there's nothing left in its fort area, which is on the top of the mountain (you have to walk to get there), in the residential area on the mountainside near the parking lot, ruins of stone walls remain.
Ko'onji Temple [広園寺]
Koonji is a Rinzai Zen temple with well-maintained precincts..
Near Keio Line Yamada Sta.
Eirinji Temple [永林寺]
Eirinji is a Soto Zen temple with well-maintained precincts..
Dainichi-do Temple, Hiyoshi Jinja Shrine [大日堂、日吉神社]
Akishima, Tokyo Pref.MAP
Dainichido is a Tendai Buddhist temple and Hiyoshi Jinja is a Shinto shrine next to each other.
30 minute's walk from JR & Seibu Line Haijima Sta.
Haijima-daishi Hongaku-in Temple [拝島大師（本覚院）]
Akishima, Tokyo Pref.MAP
Haijima-daishi is a Tendai Buddhist temple with well-maintained precincts.
Across the street from Dainichi-do.
Ishikawa Brewery [石川酒造] link
Fussa, Tokyo Pref.MAP
Ishikawa Brewery is a sake brewery, established in 1863, which conserves old brewing buildings.
15-min walk from JR & Seibu Line Haijima Sta.
Daihiganji Temple [大悲願寺]
Daihiganji is a relatively large Shingon Buddhist temple with well-maintained precincts..
20-min walk from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi Sta.
Kotokuji Temple [広徳寺]
Kotokuji is a Rinzai Zen temple with well-maintained precincts..
25-min walk from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi Sta.
Shiofune Kannonji Temple [塩船観音寺]
Shiofune Kannonji is a Shingon Buddhist temple with well-maintained precincts. Usually it's admission free but when the azaleas are in bloom (mid-April to early May) 300yen is required.
Tenneiji Temple [天寧寺]
Tenneiji is a Soto Zen temple with well-maintained precincts.
Musashi Mitake Jinja Shrine [武蔵御嶽神社]
Musashi Mitake Jinja is a Shinto shrine on top of 929-meter (3048-foot) Mt Mitake-san and was founded in 91 BCE according to legend. A cable car operates 2-4 times an hour (1,110yen round trip). Some of the inns above the mountain still maintain traditional buildings. From the shrine, there's a passage leading to the waterfall under which worshippers practice Misogi purification.
Take a bus from JR Mitake Sta. to the cable car.
Yoshikawa Eiji Kinenkan [吉川英治記念館]
10:00-17:00 Mar-May & Sep-Nov; 500yen; closed Mon
Yoshikawa Eiji Kinenkan, originally a farm house, is where popular Japanese novelist Yoshikawa Eiji lived for a while during and after the second world war.
15-min walk from JR Futamatao Sta.
Shotamba Kumano Jinja Shrine [小丹波熊野神社]
Okutama, Tokyo Pref.MAP
Shotamba Kumano Jinja is a Shinto shrine whose precincts are an open-air theater, the back side of the front gate being the stage and stone steps being the seats.
Near JR Kori Sta.
Kaiko-in Temple [開光院]
Kaikoin is a Rinzai Zen temple with well-maintained precincts..
15-min walk from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi Sta.
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