This temple is the site of the grave of the samurai Minamoto no Yoshinaka, who died heroically at the 12th century Battle of Awazu.
In later years, the famous poet Matsuo Basho spent a great deal of time here, and is said to have held moon-viewing parties here with his pupils.
According to his last will, he is buried here.
Many monuments enscribed with haiku in dedication to Basho are set up within the temple grounds, and the whole area has been designed a nationally historic site.
|Address||1-5-12 Bamba, Otsu City|
7 min walk from JR Zeze Station or Keihan Zeze Station
5 min from Meishin Expressway Otsu Interchange
|Business Hours||9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Open until 4:00 p.m. from November - February)|
|Closed on||Mondays (However, the temple is open during national holidays, and is open even on Mondays during April, May, September, and October)|