Hourai Garden, Daichiji Temple
This temple was founded in the Nara period (Tempyo era) and is famous for the Horai Garden created by Kobori Enshu in the Edo period.
It is said that the temple was founded 1,300 years ago in the Nara period, Bodhisattva Gyoki, who created four ponds in the shape of a “心 (heart)” and built the main hall in the center, enshrining a statue of Shakanyoraizo (Buddha) created by Gyoki. It was originally the Tendai sect of Buddhism, but it switched to the Zen sect in the Kamakura period. The temple buildings were destroyed by fire during the Warring States period, but only the statue of Shakanyoraizo miraculously survived.
The temple was rebuilt through the efforts of Zen master Joganjikozenshi and renamed “Daichiji” during the Edo period. The temple’s main hall, which was rebuilt during the Edo period, can still be seen in nearly its original state.
One of the highlights of this temple is the Horai Garden, a Karesansui-style garden created by Kobori Enshu, a famous tea master, architect, and landscape gardener during the early Edo period. The garden shimmers with azaleas from late May to mid-June, summer with its lush greenery, autumn with its flaming reds, and winter with its purplish brown color. There is a Suikinkutsu, one of the techniques used in Japanese gardens, and you can enjoy the lovely, soothing sound.
It is said that the main hall was built by Gyoki during the Nara period.
The Horai Garden by Kobori Enshu is astonishing.
The Suikinkutsu in the garden plays a beautiful sound.
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- Name in Japanese
- 蓬莱庭園 大池寺
- Postal Code
- 1168 Minakuchichonasaka, Koka City, Shiga
- Irregular holidays
- 9:00am-5:00pm (closed at 4:00pm during winter)
- Adults 400 yen, Middle schoolers 300 yen, Elementary schoolers 200 yen
1) A 20-min bus ride from JR Kusatsu Line Kibukawa Station to Daichiji Bus Stop, or 15 minutes by taxi.
2) From JR Kusatsu Line Mikumo Station, 15 minutes by car.
3) Walk for 20 minutes from Ohmi Railway Minakuchi-Jonan Station.
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)