|Name||東本願寺岡崎別院 / Higashi Hongan-ji Okazaki Betsu-in Temple|
|Adress||Okazaki Tennocho26, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8335|
This is said to be the site of a hermitage, in which Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), the founder of Shin Buddhism lived between the ages of 29 and 35 and also in his 60s.
Hence, it has been called “The Hermitage of Shinran Shonin”(Shinran Yashiki) from olden times.
At this well-known spot, the 20th successor of Higashi Hongan-ji, Tatsunyo together with lay people constructed Okazaki Betsuin in 1801 (the first year of the Kyowa era in the Edo Period[1603-1867]).
The main hall of this hermitage, as well as the attached facilities and the teahouse still exist.
There is a story which goes that Shinran Shonin’s figure is reflected in the pond on the western side of the main hall.
Further to the west, is a Japanese apricot tree, known as Hachifusa-no-Ume, which was planted by Shinran himself.