Zensuiji is a temple whose main hall was built in 1366 during the Nanbokucho period and is a national treasure. The Hyakuden-no-Ike Pond on the sleeve of the main hall is a pond strolling garden. The current appearance was recently renovated but the history of Ikezumi dates back to the beginning of the Heian period. It was founded in an ancient temple called at the beginning of the Nara period. At the beginning of the Heian period, Saicho discovered this "Hyakuden Pond" when he visited this area. Supposedly, Saicho found the golden Yakushi Buddha in the pond, which was originally created by the water flowing from the mountain, and realizes that the water in this pond is sacred water. After that, when he gave it to Emperor Kanmu and prayed for healing, he recovered in about a week, so the temple was given the name of Zensuiji which continues to this day - though not to be confused with Zentsuji in Ehime Prefecture the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, important in its own right.
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