c. 1598 (Momoyama period); rebuilt in 1674; rebuilt again after 1947 fire
9am - 4pm; closed Mondays
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Chishaku-in weathered many storms. Originally built hundreds of kilometers away in Wakayama (formerly Kii), it was moved here by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1598. The original garden was reconstructed in 1674 by Sosei but it was destroyed again in 1947 by fire. Not all of the garden and buildings have been rebuilt. This is primarily a pond garden, with the water extending underneath the temple. It is also known for its flowering azaleas in April and May.
When the floating bridge
Of the dream of a spring night
Was snapped, I awoke:
In the sky a bank of clouds
Was drawing away from the peak.
Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) Shinkokin Wakashû trans. by Donald Keene