興臨院Kourin-in is a sub-temple of 大徳寺Daitoku-ji Temple that was founded between 1521 and 1533 by a Noto warlord, 畠山義総Hatakeyama Yoshifusa, who used his Buddhist name to name the temple. The successive members of the Hatakeyama family are buried here.
The hondo burned down soon after its foundation but was rebuilt after the decline of the Hatakeyama family after which 前田 利家Maeda Toshiie, a leading general for Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku Period; however, the 表門omotemon (front gate) is said to still be in its original form. The 唐門karamon (Chinese-style gate) is of the Muromachi Zen style. Both gates are 重要文化財Juuyou Bunkazai (Important Cultural Properties).
The temple also has a renowned バイタラ樹baitara-ki (Corypha utan tree) in the dry landscape garden, a tearoom called 涵虚亭Kankyou-tei (“Cultivation Pavillion”) and a tray called 椿尾長鳥模様堆朱盆Tsubakio Nagadori-moyou Tsuishu-bon (camellia long-tailed bird red laquer tray) that is also an important cultural property.
Although it is usually closed to the public, I was able to enter while participating in the 数珠巡礼Juzu Junrei (Rosary Pilgrimage) in late-February 2009.
Meet Kuro, the temple’s pet rabbit.☺
dry landscape garden
pretty wash basin