Hoshun-in temple is a sub-temple of the Daitokuji Temple. Hoshun-in temple is located at the northernmost point of the Daitokuji temple compound. You find it further back, past the entrance to Daisen-in Temple.
Hoshunin is the Buddhist name of Matsu, a regular wife of Maeda Toshiie. He was a feudal lord in the Warring States period. She opened this temple in 1608. So her name became the name of the temple.
The Maeda family mausoleums of Matsu, Maeda Toshinaga, Maeda Toshitsune, and others are located in the precincts of the temple. The garden behind the Kyakuden (guest hall) is a landscape garden with a tower, which is rare in the city. It was created in 1617.
The buildings and gardens are usually not open to the public.
On the other hand, the Hoshun-in Temple has a bonsai garden. This garden is open to the public for a fee. It is not to be missed by anyone interested in bonsai. The path leading to the reception desk is also decorated with bonsai.
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Nearby spots from Hoshun-in
It is within the precinct of Daitokuji Temple.
In the Daitokuji precinct, there are many sub-temples. Some sub-temples are open to the public throughout the year. Some are open on special occasions. Others are always not open to the public.
The nearest sub-temple is Daisen-in Temple. It is the most important sub-temple. It is open to the public.
In the main hall of Soken-in there is a wooden seated statue of Oda Nobunaga (Important Cultural Property) dedicated by Hideyoshi.
Hoshun-in Temple has a bonsai garden. It is open to the public for a fee. If you love bonsai, then don’t miss it.
Korin-in is open on special occasions in spring and autumn.
Zuiho-in has the famous “cross garden”.
Ryogen-in has three dry landscape gardens. Its original buildings, the Hojo, Karamon, and Omotemon, are important cultural properties.
The gardens in Obai-in temple are must see if you have chance. However, the Obai-in is only open to the public during limited times of the year.