Once Every 33 Years a Secret Door at Tenjō-ji Temple in Kobe is Opened

04.August.2019 | SPOT

The Buddhist temple Tenjō-ji is located on Mount Maya at the heart of the mountainous area of Mount Rokko. This month, something very special is happening at the temple. An elusive door housed there is opened only once every 33 years, and this month from August 1 to 15, it is open.

Tenjō-ji is the only temple in Japan that has a building dedicated to Maya-bunin, the mother of Buddha. Its long history begins with Hōdō Sennin, an Indian high priest who build the temple at the behest of Emperor Kōtoku. In Japan, Maya-bunin is worshipped as as symbol of easy childbirth and child-rearing. Mount Maya, the mountain on which Tenjō-ji sits, is named after her.

Mount Maya, located in Kobe’s Nada ward, is a 702 meter tall mountain and one of the major peaks of Rokkō Mountains. It is close to the town areas of Kobe, and from the mountain peak one can see Kobe, Osaka, the Kii Peninsula, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and more, making it a popular tourist destination. It’s also frequented by Kobe locals who visit with their families to eat bento, as well as couples looking to catch a glimpse at the gorgeous nightscape atop the mountain apex.

Inside the secret door now open at the temple until August 15 are three hidden Buddhist idols: the Eleven-Faced Avalokitesvara, Acala, and Vaiśravaṇa. This is very much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Japan right now, you won’t want to miss this extremely special occasion. If you do, you’ll have to wait another 33 years!

 

While it is open there will be talks and faith healing by the priests three times a day (10:30/12:00/14:00), exclusive celebratory merchandise, limited-time goshuin stamps, and more.

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    IT’S A BEAGLE’S LIFE “I DID IT!” is the official catchphrase tied to this first theme which will see lots of space themed merchandise sold. And from July 17, a very special drink will be sold inspired by the Milky Way shimmering in space.

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    POPSOCKETS GRIP Red/Blue <Astronaut> ¥2,400 (Before Tax)
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    Original Sticker <Astronaut> ¥850 (Before Tax) *On sale from July 17
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  • Visit the Abandoned Hotel, Tenjō-ji Temple & More at Mount Maya in Kobe

    11.June.2019 | SPOT

    A new category added to the Cool Japan Award―which is run by the Cool Japan Association―is “National Park,” which was claimed by Mount Maya in Kobe in May this year for its nighttime scenery.

     

    Mount Maya is one of the major peaks of the Rokkō Mountains in Nada, Kobe and stands at a towering 702m high. Located close to the main city of Kobe, those who reach its apex will be able to see many different sights such as Kobe, Osaka, the Kii Peninsula, and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. Maya is popular not just with tourists and sightseers, but Kobe locals too who visit it with families to eat bento, or those who take their special somebodies to observe the nightscape.

     

    Located on Mount Maya is Tenjō-ji, a temple which the mountain’s name has its origins in. This year marks the run of a special event which is held at the temple once every 33 years. Visitors can also go on a guide walk to an abandoned hotel which is normally off limits to the public.

     

    Let’s take an in-depth look at all the exciting things one can do at Mount Maya.

     

    Tenjō-ji Temple, Mount Maya

    The originator of Mount Maya’s name

    Tenjō-ji can be found wrapped in nature at the peak of Mount Maya in its National Park. Visitors can enjoy all weathers atop the mountain as the seasons change, but if you go on a clear day, you’ll be able to observe as far as Awaji Island, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, and Shōdoshima. The history of this temple―the only one in Japan to have been built by Maya-bunin―dates back to the year 646 when the high priest of India accepted Emperor Kōtoku’s request to build it. Maya-bunin, the mother of Buddha, is prayed to as a guardian of safe childbirth and child rearing. This is where Mount Maya gets its name.

    The door to three hidden Buddhist statues opened once every 33 years

    Once every 33 years, a door is opened at the palace to reveal three hidden Buddhist idols: the Eleven-Faced Avalokitesvara, Acala, and Vaiśravaṇa. For the duration of its opening this August, Buddhist sermons will be given three times a day (10:30/12:00/14:00), and visitors will be able to obtain an exclusive goshuin stamp.

     

    Running: August 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019

    Time: 10:00-16:00 (Until 17:00 for this event)

     

    Tour guide walk to Mount Maya’s historic ruins

    ~Stroll around and trace the history of Mount Yama~

    As well as the temple, Mount Yama formerly bustled with people looking to dine and as well as stay in the accommodation there. After the war and earthquake disasters, a campaign began to restore life to Mount Maya, one part of which is a tour guide walk to the historic ruins.

    This includes a trip to the former Tenjō-ji temple site as well as the abandoned hotel which is off limits to the general public.

     

    Mount Maya’s Nightscape

    ~An internationally recognised landscape~

    Mount Maya has been awarded the Cool Japan Award 2019 in the new National Park category for its gorgeous evening view from which one can see Kobe’s streets, the port and more.

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Kobe be sure to use this article as reference!

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    Peanuts fans will be excited to know that KIDDYLAND is set to open the new Snoopy Town Shop in Kobe on April 29, 2021.

    The theme of the new shop is “Happiness is…a warm puppy” which will be echoed in its cute decor and line-up of merchandise. The shop is incorporating a farmhouse style which combines traditional Kobe designs with a contemporary taste that elicits a sense of nostalgia. Inside, shoppers will find the Peanuts gang relaxed and chilling around the shop along the shelves and up the official gallery wall where scenes from the comics trip will be depicted.

     

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    Freebie for fans

    The first 1,000 people to spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) in the shop will receive a free face towel.

     

    A small look at some of the limited-edition line-up

    The following items will be sold on the opening day only and will be limited to one piece per customer, per transaction.

     

    Pin Set | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)

    Bandana | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Glasses | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Tote Bag | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)

     

    The following items will be sold on the opening day only and will be limited to two pieces per customer, per transaction.

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    Left: Folder ¥308 / Right: Set of 2 Art Cards ¥330 (Tax Included)

    Left: Wash Towel ¥1,100 / Right: Flat Pouch ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    T-Shirt | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)

     

    © 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

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    Entrance

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    Peanuts Through the Ages

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    As well as an area dedicated to all the different outfits and occupations Snoop finds himself in.

     

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    Time Capsule Movie

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    An Homage to Charles M. Schulz

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    Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition Original Merchandise

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    Alphabet Key RIngs | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Snoopy Face Masks (Washable 100 Times) | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

     

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    Epos Card Holders Exclusive Items

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    Disney Fantasia/Chocolate Sandwich

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    What to look forward to

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    ROOM64: “Happiness is a warm puppy”

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    Guests will be able to buy plush toys of the giant puppy from ROOM64, because happiness is a warm puppy.

    Small: ¥2,400 | Large ¥6,400 (Before Tax)

    The small size Snoopy comes with a key chain so it can go on your bag, while the large Snoopy is perfect for sitting on your sofa or bed and for hugs. Both are super fluffy so you won’t be able to resist.

     

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  • Japan’s New High Speed Bus Travels From Kyoto to Mount Koya

    23.August.2020 | SPOT

    Keihan Bus and Nankai Rinkan Bus are bringing back their high-speed bus service this year which will run from September 18 to November 30. The service will incorporate a mandatory booking system, making it even more convenient than last year.

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  • Miffy Merchandise and More Arrives at Dick Bruna TABLE’s Limited Time Store

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    The new glamping facility Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku is set to open inside Minotani Green Sports Hotel in Kobe, Hyogo on August 7, 2020.

     

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    Your dome tent and a private BBQ space

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    The Ginga Hot Spring’s water is directly from the water source

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    It is said that if water pH levels are over 7.5 then it is good for your skin. The water at Ginga Hot spring is 8.5, making the water quality very high.

     

    The unique foot bath bar

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    Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku also offers high quality ingredients for a gourmet camping BBQ experience, from premium Japanese black wagyu steak to seafood and more.

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    ・Japanese black wagyu steak
    ・Domestic smoked beef
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    ・Acqua pazza
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    ・Baguette

     

    Hotel amenities

    Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku also offers hotel-style amenities like towels, toothbrushes, hair dryers, gowns, and more. All domes are also fitted with Wi-Fi and plug sockets.

     

    When Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku opens, it will also be bookable on Resort Glamping, a booking website for glamping facilities and resort villas across Japan. If you’re ever travelling to Kobe, why not stay there in style with this very special glamping experience?

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