Daisen-ji Temple (Takashima City) (大泉寺 (高島市))

Daisen-ji Temple is a branch temple of Enryaku-ji Temple which belongs to Tendai sect, located in Aiba, Shinasahi-cho, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture. The sango (literally "mountain name"), which is the title prefixed to the name of a Buddhist temple, is Kechien-zan. It has been said that it is one of the temples where Jikei Daishi Ryogen was born in October 20, 912. The honzon (principal object of worship at a temple, usually a buddha or bodhisattva) is Nyoirin Kanzeon Bosatsu.


The temple was established by Jikei Daishi Ryogen in April (or May), 964. Later it is said that the land which was the property of Minister of the Right, FUJIWARA no Morosuke was donated to the temple. The "Kizu sho kenchucho (land survey ledger of Kizu sho estate)" in 1422 describes 'Daishi-ji Temple' at the place of the current temple. The temple was popular into the Sengoku period (period of warring states), but it was in danger of extinction because of the incident of Genki. The hondo (main hall) and kuri (priest's kitchen and living room) of the temple were rebuilt by the feudal lord 忠登 SAKAI in 1694 and exist now.

There is a pond called 'the Pond of Daishi First Bath' behind the temple. It is said that water began to gush suddenly in this pond when Jikei Daishi was born. And it has been said that the temple was named Daisen-ji Temple after the incident.

In addition, 'Goshogu (Ise Daimyojin God, Kasuga Yonsho Myojin God)' built by FUJIWARA no Morosuke was moved and enshrined in the precincts of Daisen-ji Temple as the jinushigami (tutelary deity) of the temple, but the shrine was enshrined together in Okuninushi-jinja Shrine (Takashima City).

Nearby spots

Okuninushi-jinja Shrine (Takashima City)

Takashima City Shin-asahi Kita Elementary School

Takashima City Taishi-yama Mountain Sakuraen Garden

Eisho-ji Temple

Kumano burial mounds

The Shinasahi Forest Sports Park

[Original Japanese]