Spring Walk in Daigoji Buddhist Temple – Kyoto, Japan
Daigoji (醍醐寺) is a Shingon Buddhist temple located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Japan. Its principal deity (hondzon) is Yakushi. It was founded in the early Heian period. In 874, Rigen-daishi (Shobo) founded the temple.
The temple has extensive grounds of over 6.6 million sq.m. on Mt. Daigo (Mt. Kasatori) in the east side of Fushimi Ward.
It was founded in the early Heian period. In 874, Rigen-daishi (Shobo) founded the temple.
After having fallen ill and abdicated in 930, Emperor Daigo entered Buddhist priesthood at this temple. As a monk, he took the Buddhist name Hō-kongō; and shortly thereafter, died at the age of 46. He was buried in the temple, which is why his posthumous name was Daigo.
The temple is known as the place where Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s “Daigo Flower Viewing” was held. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, otherwise known as Kinoshita Tōkichirō and Hashiba Hideyoshi, was a Japanese samurai and daimyō of the late Sengoku period regarded as the second “Great Unifier” of Japan.
The Sengoku period is the period in Japanese history in which civil wars and social upheavals took place almost continuously in the 15th and 16th centuries.