Let’s go to “Saiho-ji Temple”in Hiroshima where the movie, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is based!

Saiho-ji Temple is said to have been founded in 1560. It is located 15 minutes from the JR Kure line, Takehara station by foot. The highlights are the main shrine, which was built in 1702 and modeled after Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and The Fumeikaku, which was also modeled after Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The site is famous for the filming location of “The girl who leapt through time”, which was made into an animation, a TV drama, and a movie.

The stair case at saiho-ji temple.

The stairs that were used for filming.

Let’s go up the stair case that appeared in the movie “The girl who leapt through time”!

Have you heard of the movie, “The girl who leapt through time”, aired in 1983? Some of you who are up on Japanese anime might have heard of it. It was also made into an animation version in 2006. The story was originally a novel and it was made into various other versions such as a TV drama, an animation, and a movie. The stairs leading to Saiho-ji Temple were used in the movie when the heroin Kazuko Yoshiyama ran down them. If you are a fan of the movie, try running downstairs to experience what she did. If not, you’ll still have a lot of picturesque scenery for photo opportunities.

Saiho-ji Temple

The landmark of the town: Attractions of the Saiho-ji Temple

After going up the stair case, you’ll see the Jodo sect’s temple, Saiho-ji. There are several buildings in this precinct such as Kannon-do, which is made using the butai-zukuri architectural style. Among all of them, “Fumeikaku”, built in 1758 and modeled after Kiyomizu-dera Temple, is worth seeing. It enshrines the statue of an eleven-faced Kannon and is designated as the important cultural asset. Saiho-ji Temple can be see from just about everywhere in town and you can actually go all the way to to the top of it.


On top of the temple

The scenery from the top of “little Kiyomizu-dera”is a must see!

If you get a chance to climb the stair case to the top, please do see this beautiful scenery. The view from the top of Fumeikaku is superb. You can’t leave Takehara city without seeing it’s picturesque view, extending to the south with the Inland sea and the Gaiyo Islands in view. There aren’t many places these days in Japan, where you can experience the past. It’s also nice to think about the story of the movie, or imagining the life of the people at that time. Please make a visit to Takehara if you are around Hiroshima.

The town.


3 -10-44 Honmachi, Takehara-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture

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Address 3 -10-44 Honmachi, Takehara-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Access About 15 min from JR Kure line Takehara station.