One of only a few historic structures in Hiroshima that survived the atomic bombing, Fudoin Temple has a history dating back to 1540. It is the only National Treasure remaining in Hiroshima.
The temple marks the start of the Futabanosato Historical Walking Trail. However, the stunning architecture and peaceful grounds make it a very pleasant visit whether you intend to walk the whole trail or not. The temple is easy to access from the Fudoin-mae Station on the Astram Line.
The entrance gate sets the scene for stature. Some information boards offer the chance to test your image reading translation app or Japanese skills. The notable history is unfortunately not displayed for non Japanese readers. There are a pair of intimidating gargoyles guarding either side of the entrance, who look like forces to be reckoned with.
The air of simplicity at the site feels great and the space can be enjoyed for its unassuming qualities. Everything feels in proportion with adequate space to balance the with structures on the site.
To the left a small pond offers the qualities of a nice Japanese garden without any formality or pretention.
The main temple building is characterised by an austere, imposing dominance. It is a remarkable piece of wooden architecture, with the roof constructed with the skill of miyadaiku (skilled carpenters), whose work is prized by the ingenuity of interlocking joints without the use of nails. Despite its age, the building looks well maintained and impressive.