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Daiju-ji, The Beautiful, Historical Temple of the Shogun

One of the most beautiful and most historical temples in Aichi is the Daiju-ji, a Jodo Sect Buddhist temple patronized by the lords of Okazaki, the Matsudaira and Tokugawa clans. It was founded in 1475 by the 4th Matsudaira clan head, Matsudaira Chikatada.

A young Tokugawa Ieyasu had been allied with Imagawa Yoshimoto in 1560 when the Imagawa were defeated by Oda Nobunaga in the Battle of Okehazama. Ieyasu had fled to the family temple seeking refuge, where the chief priest of Daiju-ji saved him from committing ritual suicide.

Because of this kindness, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s will stipulated that while his body was to be buried at Kunozan, and his spirit enshrined at Nikko, his mortuary tablet was to be kept at the family temple in Okazaki. The temple contains the mortuary tablets of each successive Shogun, standing the same height as the actual shogun himself.

The grounds contain a cemetery for eight generations of the Matsudaira clan, monuments for generations of Tokugawa Shogun, and a wooden statue of Ieyasu at age 73. Many of the gates, the treasure hall, Taho Buddhist tower and bell tower, the main buildings, as well as the Buddhist images, carvings and calligraphy contained within are designated national cultural properties. The wall murals in the Abbots Chambers are particularly beautiful, and the view from the Sanmon gate is intriguing. As you look along the boulevard leading to the temple, through a number of gates, directly in the distance, you can see the keep of Okazaki Castle, Ieyasu’s birthplace.

You can feel the history and enjoy the ancient architecture and atmosphere at Daiju-ji Temple, the temple of the Shogun.

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : 〒444-2121
5-1, Aza Hiromoto, Kamoda-cho, Okazaki-City, Aichi
Fee : Main hall / large abbot's chamber: 400 yen
Opening
days / hours
: 9:00 to 17:00
Parking : 50 free parking spaces available
Holidays : Open everyday
Phone number : 0564‐21‐3917

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line.
    Alight at Higashi Okazaki station and take the Meitetsu Bus . Alight at "Daijuji" stop and 10 minutes walk.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    20 minutes from the Tomei Expressway Okazaki I.C.

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