Temple 31: Chōmeiji


To explore Chōmeiji, click on the links at the bottom of this page

About Chōmeiji:

Climbing up the steep 808 stone steps to the temple you can feel a deep connection to the multitude of pilgrims who have passed here before you. The steps go through an ancient bamboo grove, and the bamboo poles clack together as if accompanying the pilgrims’ chanting, encouraging you on. Chōmeiji is dedicated to longevity, and you might feel as though the merit gained by climbing up the mountain will extend your life anyway! The mountain comes straight up from the east side of Lake Biwa and the view over the lake from the temple is worth the climb. The few temple buildings are arranged along a narrow strip of land, and there is a lovely peaceful atmosphere here.

General Information about Chōmeiji
Honzon and other enshrined images
Places of interest within the temple grounds
History of the temple
Founding story and other legends
Goeika sacred hymn
Directions for getting to Chōmeiji