Mt. Horaiji (with an altitude of 695 meters) is a mountain that was created by volcanic activity approximately 20 million years ago. The mountain's surface has been exposed in places, giving it a beautiful appearance, and the mountain itself has been an object of worship since ancient times.
It is home to Horaiji Temple, which was once a holy place for Buddhist ascetic monks who underwent strict ascetic training on the mountain. If you want to get a taste of what their ascetic training was like, why not take the stone stairway's 1,425 steps up to the temple from the temple's approach? Also, stop by and take a look at Horaisan Togoshu Shrine which is dedicated to the first shogun of a long-ruling government, Tokugawa Ieyasu. There, you can see a splendid stone wall with a gorgeous shrine building built who knows how. Together with Nikko Toshogu Shrine, it is recognized as one of Japan's three great Toshogu shrines.
Horaiji, Kadoya, Shinshiro City
Days / Hours
- Mt. Horaiji Parkway Parking: 8:00-18:00
- Phone Number
- 053-35-1004 (Horaiji Temple)
- Neighboring Facilities
- - Mt. Horaiji Natural Science Museum: 0536-35-1001
- Horaisan Toshogu Shrine: 0536-35-1176
- 50 parking spaces
Get directions on Google Maps
- 13.4 km (22 min.) from the Shin-Tomei Expressway Shinshiro I.C. by car
Approx. 55 min., 30 km from the Toyokawa I.C. by car
Approx. 25 min., 12 km from the Horaikyo I.C. by car