It was founded in 1684, by the will of Yogen Inden Nitcho Taishi, who was the mother of the first lord of the Matsue domain, Matsudaira Takamasa, in western Honshu.
Honjoin Temple, which was on the land of the Matsudaira family, was moved here and was renamed Yogenji Temple. Nichiyo Shonin, the 18th Chief Abbot of Honmonji Temple founded it.
It is said that Tokugawa Yoshimune, the 8th Shogun, had stayed here twice to enjoy falconry. In 1804, the temple was destroyed in a fire. Afterwards, it was rebuilt and served as a temple for nuns until 1945.
【Message from the Chief Priest】
Please enjoy the cherry blossoms, rape blossoms, and peach blossoms in late March. Also, please come to our events throughout the year, such as pounding steamed rice to make chewy rice cakes (Mochi-tsuki), a summer festival for children, and our Bon dance festival.
【A brief explanation of Nichiren Shonin and Ikegami 】
Nichiren Shonin (1222－1282) was a priest in the mid-Kamakura period and founder of the Nichiren Shu of Buddhism. “Shonin” means a “reverend priest.”
Nichiren Shu is a Buddhist Order that was founded more than 750 years ago. “Shu” simply means “Order.”
Nichiren Shonin founded Ikegami Honmonji Temple just before his death in October of 1282 at the request of Ikegami Munenaka, a wealthy feudal load and faithful follower.