Saimon-in Temple 西門院

Saimon-in Temple is the special head temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, located in Odawara Valley, Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture.

The principal image is Amida Nyorai, said to have been created by Eshin Sozugen Shinshin.

It was founded in the Enkyu era (1069-1073) by Kyokai Shonin (Odawara Shonin), who is said to be the founder of the Koyasan Nenbutsu group.

It was originally called Shaka-in, but because Emperor Go-Toba's son Doshu Hoin lived there, it became known as Shaka-in.

It was renamed Saimon-in after receiving the faith of Mokabe-mon-in (Nishinaka-gomon-in), the middle shrine of Emperor Gohorikawa.

During the Tensho era (1573-92) of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, the Seiga hoin of this temple was used along with Mokujiki Ogo Shonin.

He is credited with building the Great Buddha Hall (Hoko-ji Temple) in Kyoto and the Kannon-do Hall at Ishiyama-dera Temple.

It has close relationships with the Satomi family of Boso (Chiba prefecture), as well as various daimyo in Kazusa, Shimousa, and Awa provinces, and has many followers in Chiba Prefecture.

Take a bus from Koyasan Station on the Nankai Electric Railway Koya Line and get off at Odawara-dori bus stop.

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