The temple carrying the name of one of the popular hisorical figures in early Meiji Period is actually a really old temple originally founded around 1,300 years ago. But the temple suffered quite a lot of hardships. When Shingen Takeda decided to build a castle at the top of Mt. Kuno during civil war era in late 16th century, the temple was moved to the present site. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 the order to seperate Shintoism and Bhuddhism gave fatal blow to the temple and the temple was left to ruin since then. One of the notable Meiji figures Tesshu Yamaoka lamented this and decided to rebuild the temple and the temple completed after the reconstructor's death in 1910. Recently some of the building were lost by fire and rebuilt. So the brand-new belltower seems odd for the temple with long history. And some of the temple treasures are not fit to constant display including 800-year-old flute of Yoshitsune Minamoto. What I enjoyed most was the climb to the detached building of the temple Senju Kannondo. When climbing 259 steps jizos with various styles greet you. These jizos were well tended and the aprons were kept clean by local people. The view from Senju Kannondo was really nice.