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Gobyō (Mausoleum)

Gobyō (Mausoleum)Designated by Kyoto Prefecture as an Important Cultural Property, Closed to the Public

This is where Hōnen’s remains are interred. The mausoleum is a rectangular building with an area of six meters square and a tiled roof. In the front, there is a Chinese-style gate, and the mausoleum is surrounded by a sacred hedge. After Hōnen died in his meditation hermitage, which was located near this site, in 1212, his disciples built a mausoleum and interred his remains. The current mausoleum was rebuilt in 1613 with a donation from Matsudaira Izu-no-kami, the lord of the Tsuchiura Castle in Hitachi Province (present-day Ibaraki Prefecture). The mausoleum is a stylish building, and the railings have magnificent Momoyama period carvings with themes such as “dragon in the clouds,” “phoenix in the paulownia,” “nightingale in the plums,” “kirin (animal from Chinese mythology) in the clouds,” and “peacock in the peonies.”