Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Toko-ji Temple, Hagi


The gate to Tokoji in Hagi has a somewhat Chinese feel because it is an Obaku Zen Temple founded in 1691. Obaku was a new sect of Zen founded by Chinese monks who came to Nagasaki to serve the Chinese community there.


Tokoji was founded by the third Mori lord as a second temple housing the graves of the Mori and their wives. The 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Lords are buried here. The other are buried at Daishoin on the other side of town.


Most of the structures date from the 17th Century and are listed Cultural Properties. The temple complex is much reduced in size from earlier times, but it is still quite large and spacious, set in woods on the eastern edge of town.


The honzon, the principle deity statue, is Shaka Nyorai, which in English we would call the historical Buddha.



  1. hhmm, I wonder if the lords had some kind of every-other type deal with both temples to have the burials split up like that. Very interesting :)

  2. I have yet to discover the reason why, it was the third lord who built Tokoji..... Im sure the reason is known I just havent dug enough to find out :)