Daihouji is located up in the mountain, surrounded by moss covered trees and lush plants. I tried to capture some of that feeling in the photos below. The air is clean and fresh and the path up completely manageable. Giant thick cedars are all the way up the climb.
This temple was founded in 701 and was rebuilt by Koubou Daishi many years after in the 9th century. There is a legend that this area was not fit to grow crops and that Koubou Daishi changed the course of the river to bring it closer and thus improve irrigation for the locals.
At the entrance to the temple are two huge, and I mean VERY huge straw sandals. They get repaired every hundred years or so.