Like Jufuku-ji Temple, where the air was peaceful, the nearby Eisho-ji Temple also had a laid-back atmosphere. But unlike Jufuku-ji, Eishoji is open to visitors. After paying the entrance fee, I entered the temple grounds.
As soon as I entered the temple, I was surprised to see that the place to pay the entrance fee was behind the main hall of the temple. After paying the fee, the first thing you see is the back of the main hall of the temple, and as you look at it from the side, the main gate of the temple appears. This is the opposite of the usual order of things. There is another entrance to the temple near the gate, but this one is closed and not in use. Perhaps this was done for the convenience of collecting the entrance fee, but when the Buddha hall appears first and then the gate, I simply feel as if the gate is the main attraction.
The main hall of Eisho-ji Temple is a magnificent structure designated as important cultural property, but the gate is no less impressive. It was built by Matsudaira Yorishige, the elder brother of Mito Komon and lord of the Takamatsu domain. If you stand under the gate and look up, you will see a plaque written in a pop font. Despite its urban lightness, it looks very modern for something written about 400 years ago by Emperor Go-Mizunoo.
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