Kitain's origins began when the Buddhist monk Ennin founded Muryoju Temple in 830 A.D. which was divided into three parts: Kitain, Nakain, and Minamiin.
The temple was rebuilt in 1296 by the monk Sonkai. It became the head temple of the Tendai Sect east Japan in 1300. The Chinese characters used to write Kitain were changed from those meaning North Temple, which has a rather dark image, to those meaning Temple of Happiness.
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