A historic and beautiful temple in Mitake-juku, along the Nakasendo Highway

Mitake-juku, which unfolds down the path east of Meitetsu Mitake Station (the main building of which was constructed in 1945), originally developed and flourished as a town that stood in front of the gates to Gankō-ji Temple.

Including the temple’s main object of worship, a statue of the Medicine Buddha Yakushi Nyorai, there are a total of 24 items at Gankō-ji Temple that are designated as Important Cultural Properties by the nation of Japan. The statue of Yakushi Nyorai is considered a “hidden Buddha”, in that it typically cannot be viewed by the public. It is unveiled only once every cycle of the Chinese zodiac and can only be seen on April 1st of the year of the Rat. The main building itself, which was reconstructed roughly 400 years ago, is also nationally designated as an Important Cultural Property.

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1377-1 Mitake, Mitake-cho, Kani-gun, Gifu 505-0116


Very close to Meitetsu Mitake Station on the Hiromi Line
3 minutes off the Kani Mitake Interchange of the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway

Telephone Number 0574-67-0386
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