Honen-in is said to have originated from a humble thatched hut where Honen practiced nembutsu with his disciples.
The water of this pond is actually spring water from Mount Fuji, which is constantly gushing out from among the rocks at the bottom of the pond.
This particular district centered around Sumpu Castle has been the political and administrative center of this region since the 14th century, well over 600 years.
This Shinto shrine was built to enshrine the soul of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu and to worship him as a deity.
Probably for many people Ota Shrine is recognized as a place where one can see the beautiful water iris flowers which bloom in May.
Studies suggest that the origin of Katsura Imperial Villa dates back to the early 17th century. It was when Prince Toshihito constructed the original main building.