Yoshizaki Gobo Temple Ruins, Fukui

Priest Rennyo resurrected Honganji Temple atop the hill

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Yoshizaki Gobo Temple Ruins are located on the northern edge of Fukui prefecture, near the border of Ishikawa. Rennyo, the eighth head priest of Honganji Temple in Kyoto, rebuilt Honganji here in 1471 after it had been oppressed and destroyed by Enryakuji Temple in 1466. He lived here for four years, acquired many followers from the entire area and the temple flourished. In 1506 it was again destroyed by the Asakura Clan (reigning power of the area), and the place had been deserted for 240 long years until another two annexes of Honganji Temple (West and East Annex) were built in 1746 to 1747. Now in the ruins, only the statue of Rennyo, and other monuments related to him stand silently on the vast hilltop overlooking the crystal water of Lake Kitagata.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.