〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
The garden of Ikoji Temple is designated as Scenic Beauty of Japan, also
an Historic Site.
At the beginning, Ikoji Temple was a small temple of the large monastery, Sukanji Temple, which was established in 1363 and one of the most flourishing temples in the western Japan.
In the 15th century, Sesshu Toyo, the most prominent Japanese master of ink and wash painting, moved to Masuda by the invitation of Masuda Kanetaka, the 15th Lord of Masuda. Sesshu took the post of the 7th head priest of Sukanji Temple. He left many works including two gardens.
In the 18th century. The 17th Lord Masuda Munekane built Ikoji Temple in the site of Sukanji Temple, and gave a lot of donation and protection to the templ. As a result, the Sukanji Temple started to gradually decline. One day, the main hall of Sukanji Temple was burnt down, in the end, the temple was integrated into the Ikoji-temple.
【Sesshu’s Garden of Ikoji】
Ikoji-garden is a half-stroll garden with symbols of good fortune. The pond is shaped of a crane flying toward the west, and an island in the pond is shaped in the image of a turtle. The crane and turtle are symbols of longevity, and the west was a direction where people thought that the pure land existed.
Seasonable plants including a weeping cherry blossom tree in March, azalea flowers in May, fresh greens in summer and a red leaves maple tree in fall decorate the garden. But the most beautiful season might be winter. The scenery of the garden covered with snow is really alike the landscape painted by Sesshu Toyo.
【Nehan-zu (a large picture of Nirvana】
(Yuasa Baio painted in 1751, 363×325)
Nehan-zu is a picture which describes the scene of when Gotama Siddhattha, a human with a real body was going to die and would turn into Buddha who had an eternal life.
Under the sal-tree, all kinds of life gathered and were mourning over the farewell to Gotama. You can find celestial beings, Bodhisattivas, the eight legions, disciples and all kinds of living beings in the picture.
Maya, Gotama’s mother, was coming in hurry from the heaven and threw a medicine pot to him. Unfortunately, the pot fell on a branch and stopped there. Some disciples were trying to cure him. This motif was illustrated in respect for Yakushi Nyorai (the Healing Buddha) , the principal image of this temple.
Kaizan-do is a small hall connected with the main hall. Mortuary tablets and statues are on display there.
Most noticeable thing in this hall is the sixteen Rakan statues which were carved by the 17th main priest Nanryo. Each statue was carved out of a pine wood and shows vivid and lively expression.
|Hours||8:30 - 17:00 Always Open|
|Admission||500yen(General), 300yen(Age 16-18), Free(Age 15 and under)
【100 yen discount per person for groups of 20 or more】
|Parking||Bus: 4 stalls
|Address/ TEL||4-29 Someba-cho, Masuda / TEL: 0856-22-1668