〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
|Hours||8:30～17:00 Always open|
|Admission||500yen(General), 300yen(Age16-18), Free( Age15 & under)
【100 yen discount per person for groups of 20 or more】
|Parking||Bus: 1 stall, Car: 15 stalls|
|Address/ TEL||25-33, Higa-shi-machi / TEL:0856-22-0302
Manpukuji temple was established in Nakanoshima district more than nine
hundred years ago. In 1374, the 11th Lord, Masuda Kanemi, relocated
the temple to a place in the neighborhood of his residence and worshiped as his
In June 1866, the Second Choshu expedition, a punitive expedition led by the Tokugawa Shogunate against the Choshu domain, started. But the Choshu forces which were modernized with mobile clothes and modern gear drove away the Tokugawa forces which wore heavy antique armors with old fashioned arms.
On June 16, the Choshu troop led by Omura Masujiro attacked the Tokugawa troop at Manpukuji. It was a raging battle. The escaping Tokugawa soldiers burned a gate of Manpukuji and houses around it. Fortunately some of Choshu soldiers were retainers of Masuda clan who relocated his home from Masuda to Choshu because of the failure of the Sekigahara Battle in 1600. The Choshu soldiers put out the fires with local people and protected Manpukuji temple. For those soldiers, Manpukuji temple was also their ancient’s temple.
Bullet-marks on a pillar in the main hall convey this history.
Sesshu’s Garden of Manpuku-ji
(Scenic Beauty of Japan, also an Historic Site)
The garden was constructed about 500 years ago by Sesshu Toyo who is
famous as the founder of a school of Japanese Ink-painting. This garden
expresses the doctrine of Zen Buddhism. Rocks were put in appropriate
positions, making the Shumisen-stone in the midpoint. The Mt.Shumisen was
thought as the center of the Buddhist Universe.The pond forms the Chinese character “心”, meaning “Heart” or “Mind”.
When you enter the room facing to the garden, the bright view of the garden framed by dark rooms comes into your eyes. It is a very impressive view.