Matsuno-dera is temple 29 of the 33-temple pilgrimage route through western Japan. All of these temples enshrine Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. It is a famous temple where Buddhists dances are performed. The natural landscape is also beautiful and there grounds contain Cultural Assets of Japan.
Matsuno-dera Temple is located on the hillside of Mt. Aoba, which used to be volcanic. Along with its history, it is also famous for its beauty of the precincts, the large number of cultural properties it holds, and the temple where the rare Buddhist dance, which has been passed down since the Edo period, is held. The Buddhist dance is performed with dancers wearing the three faces of famous Buddhists "Dainichi Nyorai," "Shaka Nyorai," and "Amitabha Nyorai," and gracefully dancing to the traditional Etenraku music. It is preformed on May 8th every year.
address: 532 Matsuo, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture
hours: 8: 00 ~ 17: 00
Fee: Visit to the inner chambers: 800 yen (Please inquire)
Notes: There is a restroom