This temple carries a unique legend that differs from generally excepted historical fact. In it, it is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu narrowly avoided death after being defeated in Yamashiro Province by the army of Sanada Yukimura during the Winter Siege of Osaka in 1614 by escaping to Nara and hiding at the temple inside of an Okeya no Hitsugi (cooper's coffin). The temple is lined with numerous and diverse stone monuments and Buddhist images, including a large Muromachi- period image of the K?itigarbha and the grave of Matsudaira Sadakatsu, giving the temple grounds an atmosphere reminiscent of a hidden temple. The main temple gate is clearly marked with the Tokugawa family crest.
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Credit Card
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Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Nara Main Areas
With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of âtraditional Japan.â The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.