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The main hall of Chouhouji Temple was built in 1000 by Shokyu (Buddist Monk), a disciple of Ennin, at the request of Emperor Ichijo. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the temple received a donation of 5 koku (1 koku= US$750) from Asano Yukinaga, who had entered Wakayama Castle, bringing the temple estate to 505 koku. Later, Tokugawa Yorinobu, who became the lord of the Kishu domain as the Kishu Tokugawa family, made Chouhouji Temple the family temple of the Kishu Tokugawa family. There are the mausoleums of the lords of the Kishu domain on the eastern slope of the temple, except Tokugawa Yoshimune and Tokugawa Iemochi. The temple was located west of its present location when it was founded but was moved to its current location at the end of the Kamakura period (1185-1333). At that time, all the temple buildings were put in place. The main hall, the Tahouto pagoda, the Daimon gate, and the Chinjugamido hall were rebuilt in the Kamakura period. The main hall, the Tahouto pagoda, and the Daimon gate are designated as national treasures. Many cherry blossoms and peonies are planted around the precious buildings. It makes it famous as a "temple of flowers.
689 Shimotsu-chokami, Kainan-shi, Wakayama 649-0164, Japan
300 yen (free for elementary school students and younger)
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Get off at Shimotsu Station on the JR Kinokuni Line=>Go to the north side of the station and walk about 100 meters in the north direction=>Turn right at the intersection and walk about 400 meters in the direction of Wakayama City=>Turn right and cross the JR railroad crossing and go to National Route 42 (Kumano Kaido). Walkabout 400m in the direction of Wakayama City=>Turn right at the intersection "Chouhouji Iriguchi" and follow the road (Prefectural Route 165)=>After walking about 1.3km from the "Chouhouji Iriguchi" intersection, you will see "Chouhouji Temple" on the left
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