We went just a week or so before the busiest season of the year for Kuonji as we got there before the cherry blossoms opened. I suppose our timing was good as it was easy to get in and out and take a lot of pictures without huge groups people in the shots. I’ve seen plenty of cherry blossoms during my time in Japan but Kuonji really looks like it would have been an awesome spot for viewing.
Kuonji is one of the biggest Buddhist monk training areas in Japan for the Nichirenshu sect of Buddhists. You will see plenty of younger priests walking about and they seem very friendly.
There are two ways up to the main temple grounds on top of the hill, you can either walk up the long stairway at the main gate at the bottom of the hill or you can drive up and park at the top parking area near the elevator car that is free (optional donation box available) to anyone who is disabled, feeble, or encumbered with a child as I was.
Here’s a few bonus videos! Yay.