Nakuidake Prefectural Natural Park
Since ancient times, Nakuidake has been a sacred mountain in the Nanbu region. Halfway up the mountain is the famous Hakkazan Hokoji Temple, and the approach is lined with pine trees. The temple grounds contain Joyoto, a three-story pagoda that houses the oldest Śarīra in Japan. Serene and quiet, it is a spirit-cleansing experience to stand there. Meanwhile, Hase Peony Park with its thousands of peony blossoms is a joy to visit from May to June.
Hokoji Temple, three-story pagoda
Hase Peony Garden
Swallowtail butterfly near Hokoji Temple