2017年03月13日

'Bannaji' Buddhist Temple in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, is an old temple which was built in the part of the castle grounds of 'Ashikaga' clan, a feudal lord of this domain.

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Ashikaga clan built their castle with some 40,000 square meter grounds, which was surrounded by a moat and an earthwork, in the middle of the 12th century. The first picture shows 'Taiko-bashi' bridge spanning the old moat with 'Sanmon' main gate leading to Bannaji Temple. The original aspect of the very the old castle in those years can be traced back from this modern picture. Bannaji, being originated from a small temple building built by Ashikaga clan in 1196, had gradually developed as a full-scale family temple of this clan since the main building completion in 1299. This 'Hondo' main building in the second picture was repaired early in the 15th century and was designated as a national treasure recently. Hondo aside, many old precious buildings such as a bell tower and a sutra repository, they are designated as important cultural assets, are found in this temple grounds. Bannaji Temple is a very important historical site in the Kanto region.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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