Main Hall of Byakugōji Temple
(courtesy of Byakugōji Temple)


Byakugōji Temple
(courtesy of Byakugōji Temple)

Byakugōji Temple

The temple of a Buddhist sect called Shingonrisshū in Byakugōji-chō of Nara City. It is also called Issaikyōji Temple. As for its foundation, there are two views including one that the temple used to be the palace of Prince Shiki (? – 716?), the seventh son of Emperor Tenji (626 – 671 ) and the other that it used to be part of Iwabuchidera Temple that had been founded by Priest Gonzō (754 – 827) of Daianji Temple. In the Kamakura Period (1185 – 1333), Priest Eizon (also called Kōshō) of Saidaiji Temple (1201 – 1290) rebuilt it. The temple is located at the base of Mt. Takamado, from whose grounds you can look across Nara City. Moreover, the variety of the camellia called Goshikitsubaki in Byakugōji Temple is one of the best three camellias in Nara.