Still the center of Buddhism on the island, Daishoin's main temple complex is situated at the base of Mount Misen. I'd like to return to Miyajima at some point in the future and hike up the trail leading to the mountain's summit, whose route passes by some others of Daishoin's buildings, including one where a holy fire has been said to have been burning for 1,200 years.
The two days that my mother and I were on Miyajima were too hot to attempt to do so though, and too hazy for me to even want to take the cable car up the mountain. Instead, I was happy enough to devote time and what already involved quite a bit of energy and effort to exploring the sprawling main temple complex that's home to several interesting buildings and hundreds of statues that visually ranged from the awe-inspiring to amusingly kitschy!
Happily, the nature path we took from Jukeiso
allowed us to bypass many of those steps! ;b
The Kannon-do is home to (expectedly) statues of Kannon, and
There's beauty to be found in the Kannon-do's exterior too ;b
Puppet Ponyo's small size provides some perspective
as to the size of this large temple complex
Ema abound in the vicinity of the Ichigan Daishi, to whom those
who pray for only one wish are said to have it granted by Kobo Daishi
In the upper floor of Daishoin's tallest building,
the Maniden prayer hall, can be found
1,000 statuettes of the Buddha of Infinite Light
Sounds of chanting led me to and into the dimly lit
Henjyokutsu Cave which I would not have been surprised
to find was a columbarium but actually isn't!