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Choukeiji Temple

This venerable temple was founded by Imagawa Yasunori, third generation head of the Imagawa Clan, during the Kakei Period (1387 - 1388). It is a venerable temple, as the final resting place of Buddhist priest Taigen Sessai, who also served as a great strategist during the Sengoku Period (“Warring States Period”, 1467 – 1615). Imagawa Yasunori was the second born son of Imagawa Noriuji, who first built Hanakura Castle. In Yasunori’s youth, he entered Kenchoji Temple in Kamakura, where he practiced asceticism. However, Yasunori’s older brother Ujiie died as an infant, so Yasunori took over as the third generation head of the Imagawa Clan. Highlights of this temple include the gorinto (a type of Japanese Buddhist memorial stone pagoda) that marks the resting place of Yasunori. There is also the muhoto (another type of Japanese Buddhist memorial stone pagoda for Buddhist priests) dedicated to Taigen Sessai, the famous priest who also served as a strategist assisting Imagawa Yoshimoto in both political and military affairs.

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