Ikouji Temple and Sesshu Garden
Along route 191 in Iwami, there is an old temple which has a tasteful Japanese garden. The temple is called Ikouji and it was originally built in 1363. Today’s main hall of the temple was reconstructed after a big fire in 1729. The main gate of this temple is specified as cultural asset by Shimane prefecture.
In Ikouji Temple, there is a beautiful garden designed by Japanese famous ink wash painter, Sesshu (1420~1506). The garden is noted as a Japanese historical site and a place of scenic beauty. The garden is beautiful throughout the year.
March: Weeping cherry tree
Summer: Green leaves
Fall: Colored maple leaves
Winter: The garden looks like Sesshu’s ink wash painting on a snowy day.
====================== Ikouji ======================
Address: 4-29 Somebacho Masuda Shimane
Tel: 0856-22-1668 (in Japanese only)
Adults ——————- 500 yen
High school students —- 300 yen
Children —————- Free
Parking lot: Four buses, 20 cars
Access: From JR Masuda station: Take a bus goes to Ikouji temple (医光寺) offered by Iwami Kotsu and get off at Ikouji (医光寺) bus stop. Check our video on how to ride the bus.