Ganjin (Jianzhen) Memorial Hall

Ganjin (Jianzhen) Memorial Hall<br />鑑真記念館 Ganjin (Jianzhen) Memorial Hall<br />鑑真記念館

In the mid-eighth century, the Tang Dynasty high priest Ganjin Wajo (Jianzhen) tried to travel to Japan to transmit Buddhist precepts (rules to be observed by monks).
Ganjin risked his life to cross the Sea of Japan and finally arrived in Japan at the sixth time of trying. Akime, the place where the Ganjin Memorial Hall stands, is where he stepped ashore onto Japanese soil for the first time.
A statue of Ganjin sits in the museum, and a large-screen video and exhibits show the severe journey and his life.
The museum is barrier-free, with a ramp and a multi-lingual map available.
Looking down towards the sea from the Ganjin Memorial Hall, you can see a statue of Ganjin sitting in zazen facing the East China Sea. The statue seems to be contemplating the continent beyond the sea.

TEL TEL 0993-68-0288
Address225-2 Akime, Bonotsu Town, Minami-satsuma City,
Kagoshima Prefecture
Open9:30 ~ 16:30
(or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

Adults(High School Students & above)¥210
Children(Elementary & Junior High School Students)\100

PerkingAvailable(56 spaces / No Charge)

*There is no public transportation.
From Kagoshima Chuo Station:
Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes by car
From Kagoshima Airport:
About 1 hour and 40 minutes by car
From Minami-satsuma City:
About 40 minutes by car
(To Minamisatsuma city: Airport Limousine Bus bound for Makurazaki / approx. 1 hr. 30 min.)

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