Charms of Minamiboso (20) Seicho-ji Temple


With a history dating back 1200 years, this temple is most known as the place where the priest Nichiren, the founder of the Nichiren sect, was trained in the 13th century. The grand main temple and the forest that surrounds the property create a solemn atmosphere. It is also one of the largest in the Minamiboso area. This is an ideal spot to watch the first sunrise of the year, or for “Hatsumode” – a time to visit and pray for happiness in the new year.


Charms of Minamiboso (19) Hojo Beach


A few minutes walk from JR Tateyama station West exit takes you to Hojo Beach. Besides being popular for marine sports, such as wind surfing and SUP; the beach is a well known “photogenic” spot, with palm trees contrasting against a blue summer sky, Mt. Fuji with it’s snow cap on a crisp clear winter morning, or the gorgeous vermillion sunset over the horizon. The bay is called Kagamiga-ura, or Mirror Bay, in reference to its calm nature.


Charms of Minamiboso (18) Hota Shogakko


Hota Shogakko is a former elementary school that was renovated into a tourist attraction in 2015. While retaining much of its nostalgic atmosphere, the building is home to restaurants, souvenir shops, public baths, and accommodations. The renovated school was popular with tourists until the area was hit by Typhoon Faxai in September, damaging much of the town. Hota Shogakko reopened shortly after the disaster; however, and together with the locals, it has been working hard to bring tourists back to Kyonan Town.


Charms of Minamiboso (17) Cliff Temple


Though its official name is Daifuku-ji temple, locals call it Gake Kannon or Cliff Temple, as this striking vermillion building is poised on a cliff. Peering inside, you can see that the building was built to protect the Goddess of Mercy (Kannon) who is carved directly into the cliff face. Also, don’t forget to look up the ceiling, where brightly colored flowers and birds are painted against a lapis lazuli blue. Above all, the breathtaking view of Tateyama Bay at sunset is something that you don’t want to miss.


Charms of Minamiboso (16) Takabe Shrine


Takabe Shrine, located in the Chikura area, is the only Shinto Shrine in Japan that enshrines the god of culinary arts. Steep stone steps take you to the main building with a thatched roof, and stands on a sunny hill looking down to the Pacific Ocean. Chefs and people involved in the food industry from all over the nation come to visit. On October 17, you will have the opportunity to see the Hochoshiki, or “Knife Ceremony”, a unique shinto ritual offered to the god by preparing fish with just a knife and a pair of chopsticks.