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Great view and easy access with the ropeway
I've visited many times and spent numerous days here. One such time was when I attended Shingyo Dojo in 2008, the formal and final training to become a Nichiren Shu priest. English is not the first language spoken here yet it is not difficult to find someone who can help with communication. Depending on when you visit you may be able to witness one of many special celebrations, commemorations, or festivals that are held throughout the year. These events are not always widely publicized and so it can be a hit or miss thing. It is helpful if you know someone who is Japanese and familiar with special dates on the Nichiren Buddhism calendar. In any event there is much to see and do here and you will be captivated by the peace, tranquility, and beauty that abounds everywhere throughout the year. One special note, just beyond the gate at Kuon-ji (the large formal gate, not the smaller gate at the entrance to Minobusan) there is a stairway consisting of over 200 hand hewn, hand placed stones from over 100 years ago. The belief is that if you complete the climb to the top you will be assured of attaining enlightenment. To this let me add that some believe this is only true if you don't use the hand rails for support along the way. It is a steep climb and the step rise height is quite large in some places. Take your time, enjoy the journey.
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