〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
There is a tall wooden gate stood in front of this temple. It was the main gate of the Nanao mountain castle, but relocated to here about 400 years ago. This gate conveys the atmosphere of the Warring Status period of Japanese history. The height is tall enough for warriors holding long spires and marching through it. The roof was added in Edo priod.
Ikoji was a small sub temple of the big monastery, Sukanji-temple.
Sukanji-temple was established in 1363 and one of the most flourishing temples in the western Japan
The famous artist Sesshu Toyo was invited by the 15th Lord Masuda Kanetaka, and designated as the seventh head priest of Sukanji-temple. While he was holding the post, he painted many ink-paintings and constructed two rock gardens. One of the rock gardens was constructed on the premises of Sukanji-temple.
The 17th Lord Masuda Munekane built Ikoji-temple in front of the garden and gave advantages to the small temple. As a result the Sukanji-temple started to gradually decline.. When the main hall of Sukanji-temple burnt down, 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 of 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 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 They were celestial beings, Bodhisattivas, the eight legions, disciples and all kinds of living beings.
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. These motifs were illustrated because this temple was dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai(Buddha able to cure all ills).
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
|Admission||General 500yen、Students 300yen(high school), Free(junior high or under)
【100 yen discount per person for groups of 20 or more】
|Parking||moter coarch: 4
Standard size car: 20
|Address||4-29 Someba-cho, Masuda
17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan