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Heirin-ji, Niiza

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Heirin-ji is a Rinzai temple of the Myoshin-ji branch located in Niiza city, Saitama prefecture, Japan, a city just outside Tokyo.HistoryThe temple was founded in Iwatsuki, Saitama in 1375 by Sekishitsu Zenkyū, who had served as the Abbot of Engaku-ji, Tenryū-ji and Shōfuku-ji. During this period the original temple was destroyed in 1590 during an attack on Iwatsuki Castle by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.It was rebuilt in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu and moved to Niiza city sixty years later. The temple grounds are situated in a forested area and is considered to be a national monument. Heirin-ji differs from other temples in the Tokyo area by having no temple markets nor public festivals held at the temple.The temple remains a training ground for monks. The monks can often be seen working in the grounds. The grounds of the temple preserve a stretch of the Musashino woodlands. Animals such as raccoon dogs that are now not often seen in the city are found around the temple. The grounds also provide a roost for a large murder of Japanese crows. The gardens are notable for the maple trees in autumn and the ume blossoms in early spring. The bell, with the ume blossom, was the inspiration for one of Toshi Yoshida's wood block prints.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Temple, Rinzai Myoshinji Temple sect, Saitama is famous in its own way. Niiza, Hibarigaoka, Higashi-Kurume, Shiki and the station are many but... one to go by car or bus in its own way, access is not good either. In a cold sweat elementary school field trips since the visit was surprisingly small, unadorned impression. Spectacular places depending on the season, but summer collection is not to be missed hard to say?
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  • July 31, 2017
    The Tokugawa family Temple "Temple" is, has a vast wooded steeped in vestiges of Musashino, walks in looking to the season of spring and Autumn period. Yayousi been up to during the Edo period, include a udon shop in old houses and well established. Within 30 minutes from Ikebukuro JR... niiza-Shi station is the nearest station. Admission fee is required.
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  • July 11, 2017
    The best Maple. Taking pictures are not to be missed-attracts great people, who fall.      Would not come, and will be good again! Come, look and feel-and good times I visited several times in the fall, we have quietly--quiet time walking, bamboo is another grave is a place full of attractions-
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  • January 27, 2017
    We visited this wonderful and beautiful site in spring and autumn. It's worth a visit every year!
  • May 4, 2017
    A precinct has an extraordinarily historic and impressive. But heirinji Temple is stubbornly defending stance say the temple for training, opening up to the outside world limit was only part, has rejected the so-called tourist destination to be. Trappist monastery in tourism resources, as maximum or while taking advantage, making headlines around the touch with the outside world is the place to feel good even sharp. You don't need outsiders opinion from the idea of the Temple in Temple, though.
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  • June 21, 2017
    Tour buses come in extremely crowded during this season. Parking is especially low because congestion in the parking lot waiting. Who is morning or evening.
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  • July 25, 2017
    My mother's home in nearby well come from childhood. Fall foliage is very nice, I like
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  • April 22, 2017
    Zen monks have now the environment is beautifully kept, will delight visitors. Is morning parking spaces.
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